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Albany burglar forces police standoff

By Jim Wallace - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) –An Albany man is caught in the act, burglarizing an East Albany apartment, sparking a Police standoff.

Just before noon Albany Police surrounded the apartment building

as the burglar hid in the attic and refused to come out.

Burglary has been a big crime problem in Albany, and Police have urged neighbors to be diligent watching for trouble in their neighborhood. Someone spotted the man going into the apartment and called 9-1-1. And fast responding Cops trapped the suspect inside.

Law enforcement vehicles from several agencies surrounded the Wild Pines Apartments. Officers with guns ready surrounded the building of Apartment Unit 1603, where the burglar had been spotted. They used a bullhorn to try to coax the trapped suspect inside the attic to come out.

Dozens of Officers surrounded the building and sat inside neighboring units, because they could hear the suspect breaking through walls in the attic, trying to find an escape. Officers had him trapped, and tried repeatedly to get him to surrender, but he would not. Firefighters were called, to get a ladder. After about 20 minutes of trying to talk him down, officers went up after him.

Albany Police Media Manager Phyllis Banks said "The officers were able to make entry into the attic area and they were able to bring him out."

Officers say the burglar did not resist.   He was found trying to hide under the insulation in the attic. 26 year old Terrance Holiday was handcuffed and taken into custody. As officers went back on patrol, Albany Police said the show of force is proof they take burglary very seriously.

Banks said "It is a big issue, but we are tackling it as best we can with as many resources as possible. So people can rest assured that we are working on burglaries and trying to reduce them in their areas."

Police say this was a good example of how the community can fight crime.   Neighbors reporting suspicious people and working with Police to protect their streets.

Officers from Albany Police, Dougherty County Sheriff's Office, and the Albany State University Police all took part in the standoff.

Terrance Holiday is in the Dougherty County Jail  charged with burglary and criminal trespass. 

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