TALLADEGA -- Talladega police and Talladega County Sheriff’s deputies are investigating nearly a dozen burglaries in the last two weeks, all of which appear to be unrelated to one another.
As of Tuesday afternoon, no arrests had been made by either agency.
The earliest of these was reported to the Sheriff’s Office on June 3. The break-in took place on the 1200 block of Fulton Gap Road outside Sylacauga between May 30 and June 3. According to Sgt. Mike Jones, the house may not be occupied.
According to the incident and offense report, stolen items included a 61-inch Scag zero turn mower valued at $8,000; a Hobart welder valued at $350; a 42-inch TV valued at $400; a toaster oven valued at $100, a coffee maker valued at $50, a washer and dryer valued at $900, a ceramic stove valued at $500, miscellaneous GM car parts valued at $800, an air compressor valued at $400, miscellaneous tools valued at $800, an all-terrain vehicle valued at $4,000 and a Celestron telescope valued at $350.
Jones said there were no witnesses or suspects to the break-in, but thanks to evidence recovered at the scene, investigators have developed a suspect.
The next county case was between June 3 and June 5 on the 100 block of Beatrice Lane outside Talladega. Jones said entrance was made through a window, and the stolen items included a silver chain with a diamond and turquoise charm valued at $200, a sterling silver watch with diamonds on the band valued at $300, a 14 karat gold ring with a ruby stolen valued at $500, a bottle of Dextroamp and a bottle of Cyclobenzaprine. The latter is a muscle relaxer better known by the brand name Flexeril. The former is similar to a component of Adderall, a stimulant often used to treat attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder.
The next incident was at a storage building on the 200 block of Redbud Road near Sylacauga between May 28 and June 5. A door and window were damaged to the tune of about $300, and the contents of the building were rifled through, but it was not immediately clear what, if anything, had been stolen, Jones said. There is a suspect in the case.
Next came a June 5 break-in on the 3100 block of Shelvin Road near Sylacauga, where an Xbox 360 valued at $350, a 47-inch LG flat screen valued at $500 and a 32-inch flat screen valued at $400 were the only items reported missing. There did not appear to be any forced entry and there are no witnesses or suspects listed, Jones said.
Unlike the other recently reported burglaries, the victim of a break-in on the 42900 block of Alabama 21 in Munford was home at the time, Jones said, although she was asleep. Sometime between 10 p.m. June 5 and 9 a.m. June 6, someone appears to have let themselves in through a garage, stolen a National Guard key ring containing various keys, then used one of those keys to steal a white 2014 Nissan Sentra parked outside. There are no witnesses or suspects listed in this case, either, Jones said.
A camper and storage shed were broken into off Renfroe Road in Alpine between May 28 and June 8, Jones said. Stolen items from this incident include an EZ-Go RXV golf cart valued at $2,800, two DeWalt cordless drill and impact driver combos with charger valued at $189, a green case containing drill and screwdriver bits valued at $15, a Crossman pellet gun valued at $75, a tan Pelican 24 inch by 24 inch cooler valued at $200 and a camouflage Zero Gravity chair valued at $30.
There are also no witnesses or suspects in this case.
Between May 26 and June 9, a residence on the 100 block of Alverson Street in Munford was broken into through the front door while the owner was out of town, Jones said.
Items stolen from this residence include a tan living room suite valued at $1,200, a 65-inch LG TV valued at $500, three gold chains valued at $300, a Samsung 45-inch flat screen valued at $250, two iPhones valued at $500, Cleveland Cavaliers and LA Lakers caps valued at $50, one pair each of Jordans, Air Force One and LeBron James shoes valued at $430 and posters of Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen and Magic Johnson valued at $300. There are also no witnesses or suspects in this case.
Anyone with information on any of these incidents should contact the Sheriff’s Office at 256-761-2141.
Talladega City cases
The first burglary listed by Talladega police did not involve a theft, but rather may have involved a domestic violence case involving two people with a child in common. After allegedly making threats, the father left, returned and allegedly forced his way inside the mother’s residence. According to police Capt. John McCoy, detectives are working the case and, obviously, have identified a suspect, but have not made an arrest.
The next break-in reported in the city was Monday night on Meadow Lane, according to police Chief Jason Busby. The bedroom window of a vacant house was broken out with a rock, but it was not clear Tuesday whether or not anything had been stolen.
Around the same time, another burglary was reported on New Lincoln Road, also involving a broken window. This time, a Remington 12 gauge shotgun was listed as stolen, Busby said. Investigators were able to recover some evidence at the crime scene, but no one had been arrested as of Tuesday afternoon.
Yet another home was broken into on Howells Cove Road late Monday, apparently by smashing a sliding glass door with a rock. It was not clear what, if anything, might have been taken from this location, Busby said.
Anyone with information on any of these cases should contact the Talladega Police Department at 256-362-4508 or call the anonymous tip line at 256-299-0011.