More burglaries reported in Talladega
by Chris Norwood
TALLADEGA — The city continues to be plagued by burglaries, with nine residential burglaries and a business burglary reported between Friday and Sunday. Two arrests have been made in cases from last week, and at least one more is likely in the near future, according to Police Department Capt. Leon Thomas.

Both arrests were made Friday afternoon. Rodney Cortez “Tater” Waites, 21, was charged with one count of burglary in the third degree in connection with a break-in at Westgate last week. His bond was set at $10,000 by District Judge Jeb Fannin.

The second arrest was of Daniel Malone, 21, in connection with a burglary of a residence on Heath Street. His bond was set at $5,000.

The next likely arrest will be for a break-in of an abandoned trailer on the 760 block of Black Snake Road in Munford Tuesday morning. A black male was spotted by a witness and was eventually caught by police, but the owner of the trailer had still not been located as of Monday afternoon. Items stolen from the trailer include a hot water heater valued at $200, a $150 gas stove, a $150 refrigerator and copper tubing.

There are also suspects listed in the next incident, Thomas said, a break-in at a rental property on the 710 block of Howard Street. The burglary occurred between April 10 and April 23. The stolen items here include a $400 refrigerator, a $200 oven and stove and a $100 window unit air conditioner.

Although the report lists it as a theft, Thomas said it is possible that another burglary may have occurred from a patient’s room at Talladega Healthcare. The victim reported that he had purchased a new television for his wife’s room at the nursing home, but it was not there when he last visited. Thomas said there was some evidence that the window and screen had been damaged, and that investigators would be looking at video to see if they could identify anyone going into or coming out of the room.

The next reported burglary took place on Elliot Lane in Munford, but Thomas said this case involved ex-spouses and could turn out to be a civil matter.

The next reported break-in was on Hobson Avenue on Wednesday, between 7:30 a.m. and 5:10 p.m. Items stolen include two women’s Citizen gold watches valued at $600, a two karat diamond ring valued at $1,500, a red birthstone ring valued at $100, a wedding ring set valued at $500, a gold bracelet valued at $750, a gold bracelet valued at $250, two diamond cluster rings valued at $700, four gold earrings valued at $600 and silver earrings valued at $90.

Two more residential burglaries were reported Thursday. The first was on the 900 block of Washington Avenue, Thomas said. The break-in took place between April 15 and Thursday. The victim was contacted by a neighbor, who reported seeing a strange car parked in the driveway. The car, a Chevrolet Caprice, was still there when the owner returned, but a washer and dryer combo valued at $1,000 was not.

The next incident was on Peter’s Road between noon Wednesday and noon Thursday. A door was damaged to the tune of $50, and a Harrier central heat and air unit valued at $3,200, two window units valued at $360 and a Kenmore side-by-side refrigerator valued at $1,500 were listed as stolen.

Between Thursday and Friday, an apartment at Pineview Landing was broken into, although it was unclear what, if anything, had been stolen, since the owner was out of town. Thomas said this incident also might turn out to be a civil matter.

A residence on the 1040 block of Shocco Springs Road was targeted at noon on Friday, although a female resident was home at the time. Thanks largely to the presence of a big dog in the yard, the would-be burglar fled before making entry.

A burglar up the street, on the 1140 block, was more successful, making entry between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. A $500 antique pocket watch and miscellaneous jewelry valued at $1,000 were listed as stolen, with a detailed catalog unavailable Monday.

The next incident was between Thursday morning and Friday afternoon on the 610 block of Chaffee Street. Thomas said the back door appears to have been damaged, but the owner did not notice anything missing.

Between 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Friday, a house was broken into on Wilcox Lane in Munford, with two prescription medications the only items listed as stolen.

The back door of a residence on 150 block of Kearley Lane was forced open Friday between 7:30 a.m. and 5 p.m., with a Sony game system valued at $300, two sets of head phones valued at $200 and a 47 inch Vizio flat screen TV stolen.

A resident of Cherry Street found her house broken into between Thursday night and Friday morning. A fire safe was the only item stolen, and it was recovered by police in the yard of the house. The burglars had managed to break it open only to find there was nothing inside, Thomas said.

The old Shoe Department building in the Talladega Shopping Center was broken into between March 1 and Saturday, Thomas said. Both back doors had been forced open and one was pulled off the hinges, but nothing appeared to have been stolen from inside, possibly because the building has been empty for several years.

The damage is estimated at $600.

Between Wednesday and Saturday, a house on the 760 block of Shocco Springs Road was targeted. Damage to the door and door frame is estimated at $400, but it was unclear Monday what had been stolen.

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