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Three men charged with breaking and entering

The Troy City Police Department arrested and charged three individuals Wednesday with several accounts of breaking and entering, as well as fraudulent use of debit/credit cards.

Bruce Lee Griffin, 29, of Troy, was charged with nine counts of breaking and entering a motor vehicle with bond set at $15,000 per count; Danielle Nichole Johnson, 19, of Jack, Ala., was charged with eight counts of breaking and entering a motor vehicle, as well as one count of fraudulent use of debit/credit cards with bond set at $2,500 per count; and Justin Brandon Sheppard, 22, of Brundidge, Ala., was charged with eight counts of breaking and entering a motor vehicle, as well as one count of fraudulent use of debit/credit cards with bond set at $2,500 per count.

Captain Jimmy Ennis, of the Troy City Police Department, said breaking and entering seems to be a common occurrence around the city.

“What we see is that people tend to leave cameras, purses, laptops and all sorts of things visible in their vehicle,” Ennis said.

“It’s quite common that individuals get their vehicles broken into.”

According to Ennis, valuable visible items are often times taken from vehicles with unlocked doors.

“A lot of times these vehicles aren’t locked and all a thief has to do is walk up and open the door,” Ennis said.

Ennis said there is no one particular area where these break-ins have occurred.

“We’re always striving to apprehend people who are doing these types of crimes,” Ennis said.

“And, hopefully in the process, recover some of these victims’ property. That’s the goal, to apprehend and recover stolen property.”

Among the items recovered by the Troy Police Department were tools, credit and debit cards, IDs, a hand gun and some cameras.

Captain Ennis said there is the possibility more charges can be brought against these three individuals, however investigation is on-going and that decision is pending on the results of a few other cases.