Sydney Michele Adams, 18, of Oxford, and Frank Traslavina Laird, 27, of Heflin, were charged with four counts of unlawfully breaking and entering vehicles, a felony, according to police reports. Adams has an additional charge of third-degree theft after she was caught allegedly shoplifting $142 worth of merchandise from the Anniston Walmart on Thursday night, Anniston police Capt. Allen George said.
When police arrived at Walmart and searched Adams, they found items that belonged to one of their officers, including a Police Department fueling card, the captain said.
George said the officer, who lives on Coleman Road, said his vehicle had been broken into on Wednesday. Three other vehicle break-ins were reported to the department around the same time, George said. The break-ins all occurred on the 2300 block of Coleman Road and the 1700 block of Edwardian Way, according to police reports.
Based on information investigators got from Adams, they decided to search a room at the Key West Inn on Alabama 21 in Oxford.
According to the captain, when officers were given consent to search a room that Frank Laird was in, they found multiple items they believed had been stolen. Laird was arrested after he told police some of the belongings were his, George said.
According to George, police also recovered a red truck, which had more stolen items in it, from a Wendy’s restaurant across the street. The truck was reported as stolen in Dale County between Jan. 19 and Jan. 20, George said. George said police believe the suspects were using the truck for transportation as they broke into the vehicles.
Another man who was in the room, identified as Stuart Anthony Smith, 35, of Oxford, was also arrested, but on a separate charge. Smith faces one count of possession of a controlled substance after police allegedly found Lortab on him, the captain said.
George said police were able to contact some of the victims to return their belongings. Police also will post additional information about the incidents on their Facebook page, George said.
The captain said police continued to question the suspects Friday. Both were in the Anniston City Jail on Friday, according to George. Laird has a bond set at $60,000 and Adams at $60,500. Both are scheduled to appear in court on March 3, according to a jail worker.
Smith was also in the Anniston City Jail Friday with bond set at $2,500, George said. No court date had been set for Smith as of Friday.
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