DeKalb arrests break up three state burglary ring

By Stephen McLamb

DEKALB COUNTY, AL (WAFF) - From northeast Alabama, into Georgia, and tourist destinations like Gatlinburg, DeKalb County authorities may have solved hundreds of burglaries in three states over a two year period.

Two people are now charged in DeKalb County.

Authorities say the target for the two thieves was rental cabins. What they took were flat screen TV's.

But that string of burglaries ended last Friday when the pair were attempting to break into a Mentone rental cabin but were caught after a high speed chase that ended in Cherokee County.

32-year-old Charles Allen Dodd of Leesburg and 50-year-old Charlotte Lynn Davis of Cartersville, Georgia are jailed on a combined 144 felony charges including burglary, theft, and criminal mischief.

Sheriff Jimmy Harris says in DeKalb County alone they are charged with breaking into nearly 50 cabins in the Mentone area.

Those thefts involve more than $50,000 in stolen merchandise.

Sheriff Harris says they are now talking with authorities in Georgia and eastern Tennessee.

"There's no telling how many burglaries there is going to be in these three states because they knew what they were doing.  He told us that he could be in and out in nine minutes, you know, from kicking the door in and getting the TV," said Sheriff Harris.

The sheriff also said this is by far the largest theft case his office has worked.

He says more charges from his office are forthcoming.

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