Thursday, April 13, 2006
County cracks burglary ring
By SUE WATSON
A construction site burglary ring was busted last week through a coordinated agency effort, according to Sheriff Kenny Dickerson.
Three suspects are in custody and approximately $25,000 in stolen property was recovered.
Dickerson said the construction materials were retrieved April 6 at a home under renovation in the Duckett Cove area of Marshall County. One suspect was taken into custody Thursday, another Monday, April 10, and a third suspect was already in custody, he said.
Among the stolen materials recovered were 80 sheet rock panels, two shower/bath combos, 10 sets of cabinets, 20 sets of lights and five sets of windows.
Marshall County Sheriff’s Department investigators worked with agents with the Auto Cargo Task Force, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Memphis Police Department and Shelby County Sheriff’s Department to break the case, Dickerson said.
The agencies in Tennessee and Mississippi work together to crack crime rings of this nature by mutual assistance, he said.
“Those who commit crimes tend to cross state lines so we assist these agencies and they assist us on property-related and robbery-related crimes and crimes of violence,” Dickerson said.
The estimated value of all construction materials recovered at all locations in this investigation was between $50,000 and $60,000, according to the sheriff.
Construction contractors should try not to have too many items delivered in advance to a construction site, to protect against burglaries of this nature, he said. And neighbors should watch for suspicious vehicles and write down tag numbers of suspicious vehicles to guard neighborhoods from burglaries of this nature.
Dickerson said incidents of property theft are on the rise all over the South.
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