Arrests made in restaurant burglaries

Published 7:17 pm Thursday, September 9, 2010

A pair of Clanton restaurants was broken into over the long Labor Day weekend. Several suspects were arrested and face charges in the separate incidents.

The first happened at Captain D’s on U.S. 31 around 1 a.m. on Sept. 4.

An off duty sheriff’s deputy and his wife noticed a pair of masked men climbing into the drive through window and called police.

The deputy followed the men into Interstate 65 until they could be apprehended by Clanton police, according to Lt. Keith Maddox.

An 18-year-old, Obed Kameta, and two 16-year-old males were arrested and have been charged with burglary. The suspects are from Calera.

The suspects made off with a money drawer, which was thrown out of the vehicle. The drawer turned out to be empty, Maddox said.

In an unrelated case, the Zaxby’s on U.S. 31 was burglarized on Labor Day, Sept. 6.
Police were called to the scene around 2:15 a.m. on an alarm.

An officer driving to the restaurant met a car leaving that direction and turned around to check out the vehicle.

After stopping the car he noticed concrete blocks in the back, which matched ones used to break into the restaurant and a safe there.

Three Montgomery men were arrested and charged with burglary, possession of burglary tools, theft and criminal mischief. They are Wilnardric Franklin, 25; Fredrick Thompson Jr., 21; and Bryan Landrum, 20.

All the money stolen was recovered, Maddox said.

The lieutenant noted how all six burglary suspects were from outside Chilton County and praised his department for their quick arrests.

“I don’t know why they are coming here, but they’re not being very successful because we keep catching them,” Maddox said.