ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Twenty people are charged with dozens of Albany burglaries.
Albany Police say they are responsible for a rash of burglaries, 31 in all. They were rounded up over the last three weeks and police say some of the 20 suspects have connections to each other.
It was just a week ago that worried store owners met with Albany Police to complain they were being hit hard by burglars. Wednesday police say tips from the community helped them catch the thieves. One store owner says these arrests make the entire community a safer place.
It was October 19th when Dillip Joshi's store was broken into. Thieves smashed through the front window of the store with an SUV stealing hundred of dollars from the cash register.
Albany Police promised store owners they'd step up patrols. Wednesday they delivered one better, arresting 20 people for 31 burglaries including the man who smashed into Joshi's store.
"It's good that it happened for our city and good for everybody, I'm not only talking about my business but good for everybody," said Dillip Joshi, the Oasis Owner.
Albany Police say it was surveillance video from Joshi's store and tips from the community that helped catch 21 year old Jerro Toye who broke in at the Oasis.
"We've had great response from the citizens here in Albany and we are encouraging them to continue calling with tips," said Det. Terrence Bryant, Albany Police Burglary Unit.
Tips that have put 42 year old James Martin responsible for burglarizing eight new homes in the Enclave at Oglethorpe in jail. Now police are sorting through who may have been working together.
"A lot of cases there were a ring of burglars and we do have several people who were arrested that they were working together," said Bryant.
Joshi says he's satisfied with the burglary unit's results, but just because 20 people are off the streets and charged, he doesn't want police to let up.
"Thieves are going to be thieves they're going to do something stupid anyway but if you've got more patrols and more things they do that's good for our city, good for businesses," said Joshi.
Business owners say they have noticed an increase in police patrols. Owners at the Oasis say police have been by his store every night. He's also taken his own measures since the burglary including hiring someone to come by the store at night working as security.
The names of the 20 suspected burglars include:
21 year old Norris Jones for 911 E. Oglethorpe Blvd. (The Sand Trap) 19 year old Tahj Wilson for 421 Vintage Rd, 500 Vintage Rd, 738 George Town, 743 George Town 19 year old Antione Shell for 738 George Town, 743 George Town 18 year old Justin Hendricks for 738 George Town, 743 George Town 26 year old William Page for 1514 N. Slappey Blvd (House of China) 38 year old Waltdell Watkins for 1206 Clark Ave (Dinner Bell) 23 year old Donney Frazier for 707 Hobson St., twice 18 year old Justin Hendricks for 524 Landing Ln 36 year old Billy Fallin for 207 Adelyn Road, twice 26 year old Cyril Williams for 1421 E. Residence Ave 19 year old Octavius Johnson for 936 Crawford Dr 20 year old Laricky Daniels for 517 Johnson Rd 20 year old Brandon Williams for 1006 E. Residence Ave 23 year old Katherine Butts for904 Radium Springs Rd (Grand Motel) 22 year old Sherod Hodges for 411 Nona Dr 22 year old Joshua Burns for 2507 Beachview Dr. 20 year old Shaquasha Brown for 206 N. Central Street 42 year old James Martin for 201, 203, 205, 207, 209, 211, 213, 215 Solomon Circle 21 year old Jerro Toye for 1301 S. Slappey Blvd (Oasis) 700 Radium Springs Rd (Quickway Food) 20 year old Dominique Henderson for 605 S. Slappey Blvd (Jaxx Liquor)