Madison Co. sheriff's looking to solve multiple recent burglaries

Published: Apr. 14, 2016 at 1:52 AM CDT|Updated: May. 12, 2016 at 2:22 AM CDT
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MADISON COUNTY, AL (WAFF) - A string of burglaries and thefts in the past week has kept the Madison County Sheriff's Office busy.

Police said several thousands of dollars worth of items taken has been recovered, but some items, including guns, are still missing.

In the most recent theft, the Madison County Sheriff's Office said over thirty guns are missing and their investigation indicates they may be on their way out of state.

"We're hoping that other law enforcement agencies will be able to locate him while he moves through Louisiana or Mississippi," said Lt. Michael Salomonsky of the Madison County Sheriff's Office.

Salomonsky said they're working with other departments in other states, and waiting to release more information.

In other recent burglaries, the Madison County sheriff's have been able to track down burglars.

On April 6, several cars were broken into overnight in Hazel Green. Money, valuables, and guns were stolen. Two men, Dylan Potter and Houston Bradford were arrested and charged with multiple counts of theft and unlawful breaking and entering into vehicles.

Over the last month on the West Side of Madison County, a total of seven vehicles have been stolen all of which have been recovered, 19 vehicles were broken into, and four criminal mischief cases have been generated.

Five juveniles and two adults were taken into custody. Marquis Mack was arrested for receiving stolen property.

The sheriff's department is still seeking another adult male for theft of property and receiving stolen property.

In the past two months, the Madison County Sheriff's Office has cleared 16 burglary cases, nine theft of property first-degree cases, two theft of property second-degree cases, one criminal mischief first-degree case, and one possession of burglar tools case.

The Huntsville Police Department has 22 cases pending and more forthcoming.  The City of Madison has 14 cases involved and more forthcoming. Limestone County Sheriff's Office has three cases involved and more forthcoming.

Roughly 60 burglaries have been cleared between all agencies involved.

The Madison County Sheriff's Office has recovered several thousand dollars in stolen appliances. Dustin Payne and James Thomas were arrested and charged with multiple criminal offenses.

The missing guns could be the most alarming part of it all. In the most recent look at statistics in 2004, the Department of Justice found that 40 percent of state prison inmates who used a gun to commit a crime, obtained the firearm illegally.

Salomonsky said crime is not up, but they're working harder than ever to keep it down.

"We're taking action and we're moving as fast as we can to solve the crimes, you know. Is there more crime reported than normal? No. We're just ebing extremely proactive with our activity with trying to solve the offenses," said Salomonsky.

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