Police warn of holiday burglaries after latest attempt
VALDOSTA, GA (WALB) -
17 year-old Armand Daniels remained in the Lowndes County Jail Friday night.
Police said he used a screwdriver to try to pry open an apartment door at The Villas apartment complex on Northside Drive around 9:30 Thursday morning.
He ran away when he saw someone in the apartment, but was caught a short time later with two other people.
"According to the witness, they appeared to be lookouts for him," said Valdosta Police Department Lieutenant Aaron Kirk. "Officers surrounded the area, they were able to locate the three suspects that matched the description given by the witness."
All three were taken to the police department for questioning, where police discovered that the two so-called lookouts, ages 14 and 15, were actually wanted in connection to a burglary in the 900 block of McAfina Trail last month.
"During the interview," Kirk explained, "the detectives were able to determine that the two juveniles were involved in another burglary back in November and they're also chargin' 'em with that burglary."
Kirk pointed out that the number of burglaries between November 1st and December 10th of this year was the same as that time period in 2013. As of Friday, the number of burglaries for all of 2014 had dropped by more than 130 compared to 2013.
But Officer Vernotis Williams said the holiday season is often a prime time for burglaries, as criminals know people will likely have lots of valuable gifts or presents in their house.
"Look for a way that a person can enter your residence. If you can find one area where a person can enter your residence, then there is another. Secure those areas. Lock your doors, secure your windows," Williams emphasized.
Williams also reminded people not to tell everybody what they bought after going shopping and recommended bringing someone with you to keep an eye out for suspicious activity or individuals if you're buying a lot of gifts or items at once.