A string of burglaries along Highway 373 and Highway 12 have led Lowndes deputies to arrest four people.
Graham Brown, 32, and Jakob Webb, 34, were arrested Tuesday and charged with two counts of felony malicious mischief and two counts of burglary of a carwash at 3448 Hwy. 373 on Aug. 26 and Aug. 28, as well as several storage units in the area.
Haley Nice, 18, and Tyler Gardner, 21, were arrested Wednesday and charged with one count of felony malicious mischief each for their part in the burglary on Aug. 28.
Sheriff Eddie Hawkins said in a press release issued Friday evening that deputies received calls from the business and several residents Aug. 26-29 about the burglaries. After speaking with witnesses and the business, deputies found and searched Webb and Brown before arresting them. The damage to the business is estimated to be between $5,000 and $6,000, with an additional $500 missing in coins and bills.
During the investigation, officers also discovered Brown was an unregistered sex offender in Lowndes County for one month and was in possession of a knife, which are both felonies. He was charged with felon possessing weapons and sex offender failure to register.
Officers also found a storage unit that had been burglarized in the area. After a search of two residences, officers arrested Nice and Gardner and returned several stolen items to the victims.
“People who burglarize or steal are thieves and there’s nothing I hate worse,” Hawkins said in the release. “This was some great investigative work by our detectives, and I’m proud of the great job our team is doing keeping our community safe. We now look forward to our justice system holding these thugs accountable.”
Investigators are still looking for more victims in the area, and additional arrests are expected, the press release said.
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