Arrests made in car, home break-ins

Published 4:02 pm Friday, April 6, 2012

Four men have been arrested this week in connection to a rash of car and home burglaries on Park Drive South in Clanton.

On Tuesday, Clanton officers responded to multiple reports of overnight car break-ins in that area behind Winn-Dixie. Several small items were taken from vehicles, along with one wallet. A bicycle was also stolen from a yard.

Later that day, two Clanton officers were on their lunch break at Jack’s when they noticed two bikes that resembled ones reported stolen from Park Drive South and the Cotton Mill community, according to Police Chief Brian Stilwell.

The people riding the bicycles tried to leave the restaurant but were detained by Cpl. Whitney Ray and Cpl. David Kline.

Johnathon Walker and Demetrius Henry were arrested and charged with two counts of third-degree theft of property, two counts of breaking and entering a motor vehicle as well as one count of third-degree burglary and second-degree theft of property. Both were booked into the Chilton County Jail on bonds totaling $16,500.

A third suspect, Jermink Lykes, is still wanted by CPD detectives for his involvement in the crimes. Anyone with information on this case or who knows the whereabouts of Lykes should contact Cpl. Ray at (205) 755-1194, ext. 318.

On Thursday, two more men were arrested following a separate home burglary on Park Drive South.

Clanton officers responded to a call of a suspicious person around 9 a.m. Callers told dispatchers that two men were walking around behind houses.

When officers arrived, they found a home had been broken into with one suspect still inside.

“Officer Donald Giles secured the home until others could arrive, and when they went inside to search the house, they found (a suspect) hiding inside a bedroom closet,” said Stilwell.

Witnesses reported seeing another man running toward U.S. 31 before officers arrived.

Cole Chandler was arrested on the scene, while Hunter Bullard was found less than an hour later at his home.

Both men were charged with third-degree burglary and criminal mischief. Bond had not been set as of Friday morning.

Clanton detectives are working with Chilton County Sheriff’s Office investigators about the two being possibly involved in other burglaries within Clanton and in Chilton County, Stilwell said.

Stilwell also thanked the neighbors for alerting authorities.

“I am glad to see the neighbors looking out for each other and calling in suspicious activity,” Stilwell said. “That is what we are here to do.”