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Police are battling break-ins

August 20, 2007

Valdosta - 43 year-old Tracey York was arrested Thursday in Valdosta and charged with burglarizing five convenience stores and gas stations. This week investigators connected him to two other commercial burglaries.

York is one of the most recent burglary arrests the Valdosta Police Department has made in a continuing effort to cut down on break-ins in the city.  "We are continuing to make arrests, investigate the burglaries and continuing to work with the community concerning commercial and residential burglaries," says Commander Eugene Bell of the Valdosta Police.

Part of their plan includes using these pin maps to mark each place a burglary occurs.  "And what happens is you look at a pin map and see if there is a location with a concentration of burglaries and that can help you pinpoint where you might want to put some extra patrols."

But they say vigilance is key and tips from the watchful eyes of the community help them put the bad guys behind bars.  "Its got to be a cooperative effort between both us and the community. We all have to work together and decide that we are not going to tolerate crime in residential areas and business areas," Bell says.

So far, their plan seems to be working. Police estimated they've made over 40 arrests, solving over 50 crimes since January. But say there is still much that needs to be done to keep the number of burglaries to a minimum.

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