Arrests link to rash of burglaries
by Emily Adams
SYLACAUGA – Two suspects arrested by the Sylacauga Police Department this week are linked to nearly 20 charges of criminal behavior, according to a press release.

Joseph Secoy Burns, 33, of Sylacauga was arrested April 24 and charged with possession of drug paraphernalia and two separate burglaries. Investigators are also implicating Burns for two counts of breaking and entering a motor vehicle that occurred at two businesses on the north end of town.

In addition, a juvenile was arrested based on an image obtained from surveillance at a local convenience store. The juvenile was charged with one count of burglary, was implicated in five others, and is associated with two arsons and five criminal mischief reports throughout the city, the press release stated.

Police Chief Chris Carden said the department has worked diligently to address the recent rash of residential and business burglaries, and these arrests were achieved through a commitment from police staff and community assistance.

“Both (patrol and investigations) divisions, along with the help of some administrative personnel, made all of this come together,” he said. “In addition, due to the citizens’ information we were able to locate the adult suspect quickly and likely prevent another burglary. This is a perfect example of how we absolutely must have the community’s help. Burglary isn’t a police problem; it’s a community problem that we all have to take ownership in.”

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