Four arrests linked to burglary
Published 6:38 pm Thursday, December 9, 2010
Even as deputies were making arrests in one burglary case, another door was being kicked in on Thursday, said Pike County Sheriff Russell Thomas.
“The irony is that while we’re in the middle of this investigation, and serving these warrants … we have another door kicked open out the county,” he said. “So we’re asking our citizens and neighborhood watches throughout the county to be very suspicious of unusual activities.”
With burglaries increasing this time of year, Thomas said some items – such as large, flat-screen televisions – are increasingly popular. “If you see someone driving around with a flat-screen TV in the backseat of their car, particularly between 9 a.m. and noon, get as much information as you can about the vehicle,” he said. “We need to be watching out for our neighbors.”
Thursday’s burglary took place on County Road 2203 in the old Rogers community, Thomas said, and among the items take was a 46-inch flat-screen television.
And, it was a recovered television that led to four arrests on Wednesday and Thursday in connection with a Nov. 5 robbery in the county.
Thomas said deputies had gone to a Springhill residence to serve a warrant and, in the process, discovered a 46-inch flat screen television, a Blu-Ray disc player and a shotgun that had been reported stolen in the Nov. 5 burglary on County Road 4404 in Banks. Also stolen in that burglary were a diamond bracelet; diamond earrings; and nine additional firearms.
Thomas James Everett Allen, 31, of Springhill, was charged with possession of stolen property, although burglary charges likely will be sought as well, the sheriff said.
Further investigation led deputies to Nicholas Stallworth, 22, also of Springhill, who will be charged with burglary third-degree in connection with the case.
“On Thursday, the deputies along with Troy Police Department and the Department of Corrections K9 unit executed another search warrant at an apartment in the Skyview Apartments on Park Street,” Thomas said.
Three bags of a marijuana, a total of about 6 ounces, were recovered along with two handguns. Laroy Dynel Fifer Jr., 21, of 103 Norfolk Ave, was charged with possession first degree. Robert Alexis Parker, 21, of 310 Trojan Way also was charged with possession first degree.
A second search warrant, for the 103 Norfolk Ave. address, yielded three guns identified as taken in the Nov. 5 burglary, Thomas said.
“Upon further investigation, we believe we are going to be able to recover six missing firearms from Mississippi and Louisiana, where they are located according to one of the suspects,” Thomas said.
The sheriff said it is common to find connections among burglaries. In November, deputies arrested two individuals and in the process solved 15 burglary cases.
“That’s why we’re asking anyone who has information about these cases, or who knows someone who bought stolen property, to report it,” he said. “If you give us information and we’re able to make a case, I’ll pay a cash reward.”