TALLADEGA COUNTY -- Investigators with the Talladega County Sheriff’s Office and the Talladega Police Department each made arrests in recent burglary cases, while other investigations remain pending.
According to Sgt. Mike Jones of the Sheriff’s Office, deputies were called out to a residence on the 200 block of Matson Lane in Munford after the resident returned home and found three people had forced their way into her residence and were in the process of stealing a box of clothing and a jewelry box containing three rings.
All three of the alleged burglars had fled by the time the deputies arrived, but one of them, Jeri Ann Coney, 54, of Munford, was identified as a suspect and was later arrested and charged with burglary in the third degree. Bond had not been set as of Tuesday evening.
Jones said there did not appear to be any relationship between the victim and Coney. The other two people in the house with Coney had not been identified as of Tuesday.
Burglary in the third degree is a class C felony in Alabama, punishable upon conviction by one year and one day to 10 years in prison.
In the city, Capt. John McCoy said investigators had identified a suspect who allegedly broke into a residence on Lawson Heights twice last month. The first time he allegedly stole Chantilly silver and several firearms; the second time, he allegedly damaged the door to the house but does not appear to have taken anything. There appears to have been a third attempted break-in at the same location as well.
McCoy said the suspect was identified through investigation and has been located in the St. Clair County Jail, where he is being held on unrelated charges. McCoy said the suspect will not be allowed to bond out until he has been served with the Talladega warrants. The Daily Home will withhold the name of the suspect until he is served.
In the meantime, at least three other burglaries have been reported in the city since March 1.
The first was at an apartment on Old Shocco Road on Friday between 10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. A .22 caliber handgun and a .38 caliber revolver were stolen out of a drawer, but nothing else appears to have been taken, McCoy said. There are no witnesses or suspects in the case so far, he said.
The next case is at a business on the 230 block of West Battle Street. The break-in occurred sometime between Jan. 15 and Feb. 19 but was not reported until March 2.
McCoy said 16 items, mostly power tools but also 500 pounds of scrap copper and brass, were reported as stolen. The total value of the listed stolen items is just over $20,000. There is a suspect in this case, but no arrests had been made as of Tuesday.
The third burglary was reported on the 510 block of 19th Street between March 2 and March 5. The resident is still away from home, according to Capt. Patrick Thornton, but a relative watching her house for her reported that a window had been forced open and entry had been made, but the only thing he could say for sure that had been stolen was a space heater valued at $65. There are no witnesses or suspects in this case as of Tuesday afternoon either, Thornton said.
Anyone with information on these cases should contact the Talladega Police Department at 256-362-4508 or call the anonymous tip line at 256-299-0011.