Four arrested for car burglaries

Published 3:41 pm Wednesday, January 2, 2013

One adult and three juveniles were arrested after breaking into vehicles in Clanton on Dec. 27.

Candace Lawley, 18, of Clanton was charged with conspiracy to commit breaking and entering of auto and burglary and placed in the Chilton County Jail on $10,000 bond.

One male juvenile was arrested and charged with two counts of burglary auto and possession of a stolen firearm. Another male juvenile was arrested and charged with two counts of burglary auto, and one female juvenile was arrested for burglary of auto.

After CPD detectives interviewed the four arrested, officers released the juveniles to their parents.

Officers from the Clanton Police Department responded to the 100 block of Marion Avenue on a call of suspicious persons. Three CPD officers responded to the area where they located the subjects that matched the caller’s description.

The callers believed the people were breaking into cars in the area about 9 p.m. CPD officers discovered the suspects had entered into two vehicles and attempted several others.

During the investigation CPD Detective Sgt. Robert Bland discovered there might have been several other burglaries in other jurisdictions.

“We have recovered property that does not belong to crimes from our city,” Bland said. “We will be working with Chilton County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) and police departments to locate owners.”

The investigation revealed the suspects were only going into cars that were found to be unlocked.

“I would like to thank patrol and the citizens who acted quickly to apprehend these suspects,” Capt. David Clackley said in a release. “CPD wants to remind everyone to secure their vehicles.”

The CPD has been able to show a decrease in auto burglaries in 52 percent in 2012 as compared to 2011.