Teen faces 11 breaking, entering felonies
Thomasville Police Department arrested a teenager in connection to a rash of break-ins on Albertson Road and Fisher Ferry Street.
According to Detective Chet Jarrell, Oscar Alvarez, 16, of 501 Albertson Road, was arrested on March 21 following an investigation into a series of car and home break-ins that occurred between Feb. 6 and March 12.
"We started getting reports of car break-ins and house break-ins back in early February all the way up to two or three weeks ago," Jarrell said. "Calls were coming in like crazy. All these break-ins were concentrated in the Albertson Road and Fisher Ferry area."
Alvarez faces 11 counts of felony breaking and entering into a motor vehicle, nine counts of misdemeanor larceny, three counts of breaking and entering, two counts of larceny of a firearm, one count of carrying a concealed weapon, one count of safecracking and one count of possession of drug paraphernalia. Jarrell said Alvarez is charged with breaking into a home on Albertson Road, a residence on Lowery Drive and an outbuilding on Bobo Drive.
"Through our investigation we developed Alvarez as a suspect," said Jarrell. "The investigation led to stolen property being recovered at his house. We began linking up cases from stolen property that we recovered. That's what led to arrest warrants being issued."
Items reported stolen included several GPS units, cell phones, jewelry, guns, a laptop, an iPod, a camera, a DVD player and video game systems.
Jarrell said the investigation is ongoing.
"We believe there are other suspects out there," Jarrell said. "We're still working this case and we think other people are involved. We're trying to get more evidence to see who else may be involved."
Jarrell cautioned that people should lock their vehicles when they get home.
"The cars that were broken into were unlocked vehicles," said Jarrell. "People need to secure their vehicles. It's not hard to forget but not doing it makes it easy for the criminals to get in and out. They grab what they can get and they move on to the next one."
Alvarez was issued a $100,000 secured bond and is scheduled to appear in court on March 27.
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