Trio arrested for burglaries of local businesses

Published 6:35 am Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Troy Police say three men who were staying at local hotel are responsible for the burglaries of two businesses early Tuesday.

Police have charged Marvin W. Barnes Jr., 21, of Scottsboro; Anthony S. Acker, 25, of Fort Payne; and Daniel J. Marki, 27, of Hockley, Texas, with two counts each of third-degree burglary. Bond was set at $7,000 for each suspect, according to Police Chief Jimmy Ennis.

The trio is suspected of burglarizing C&K Nails and Fast Cash Title Exchange, both in the 1100 block of U.S. 231 South, early Tuesday morning.

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Sgt. Benny Scarbrough said a closed circuit television in a business next to the Fast Cash Title Exchange captured images of suspects taking a safe from the title exchange at approximately 1:30 a.m. Police later found the safe in a parking lot next to AutoZone on McNeal Street.

“When we found the safe it had been cut open and burned,” Scarbrough said. He would not say what was taken from the safe or the businesses, but did say some of the property had been recovered and returned.

The suspects were located in the Super 8 Motel, which is adjacent to the parking lot where the safe was discovered. “Our officers noticed a suspicious truck in the parking lot and that led to our discovery of the suspects in the motel,” Scarbrough said.

He said all three men are employed by a Georgia cellular company and were based in Troy as they worked on cell phone towers.