Law enforcement arrest man who may be responsible for numerous burglaries
by WILL HEATH
Each of the seven weapons authorities located inside the suspect’s truck was loaded and ready for use, according to authorities.
ST. CLAIR COUNTY — Authorities arrested a man Thursday who is believed to be responsible for a number of burglaries across central Alabama.

St. Clair County chief deputy Joe Sweatt Friday announced that 37-year-old Victor Antonio Duonnolo of Remlap was arrested Thursday afternoon near mile marker 152 on Interstate 59 in Springville. Duonnolo is charged with receiving stolen property in the first degree, and receiving stolen property in the third degree.

“I’m just proud of the guys for what they’ve done on this case,” said St. Clair County Sheriff Terry Surles. “We’ve been watching for this guy.”

Authorities spotted a 1999 white Ford F-350 pickup on I-59 Thursday, which had previously been identified in videos from burglaries in the area — the truck and the tag were both reported stolen. Authorities said the truck was first spotted in connection with a burglary on Evergreen Road in Ashville.

“We had been looking for (the vehicle) since January,” Sweatt said.

St. Clair County deputy Chris Long made the traffic stop, with help from a Hoover Interstate Crime Enforcement unit in the area.

Inside the truck were seven different firearms, including three AR15 assault rifles, all fully loaded, all recently stolen from a residence in Etowah County. After taking Duonnolo into custody, authorities said they went to an apartment belonging to him in the Center Point area, where they recovered jewelry, musical instruments and electronics, among other things.

Sweatt the burglaries occurred in Jefferson, Blount, St. Clair and Etowah counties. He said he knows of cases in Leeds, Moody and Springville, as well as Ashville.

“At least eight burglaries were in this county,” he said. “Some of the jewelry he already sold.”

Surles said Duonnolo is responsible for “well over three and a dozen” burglaries, and encouraged anyone in the area to call his office regarding potentially recovered property.

“I’d like the public to know we’ve got this property,” Surles said. “If they think they may be missing something due to him, we welcome to come by and look at all this.”

At press time, the status of Duonnolo’s case was not known.

Contact Will Heath at wheath@thestclairtimes.com.

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