Lee County forms task force to investigate numerous burglaries

LEE COUNTY, AL (WTVM) Sheriff Jay Jones says a task force has been organized to solve an alarming number of residential and business burglaries happening in the county. Friday, information generated by this special group of investigators, led divers to the bottom of the Lee County Public Lake.

Beneath the surface of the Lee County Public Lake on County Road 146, divers with the Chambers County Sheriff's dive team recover several stolen long guns, a pair of cash register drawers and two VHS video tapes.

"Bottom line we hope this will lead us in the direction of finding those responsible and make some arrests," said Sheriff Jay Jones.

Investigators believe the items are stolen property, taken during the 40 or so residential and business burglaries, Lee County has had since the first of the year.

"That's why we have organized this task force to address that problem, we are very concerned about that and want to do everything we can to find those responsible," said Jones.

The task force is made up of detectives from the Lee County Sheriff's office, Auburn and Opelika Police departments, and ABI agents. The Sheriff says with every stolen item, agents are able to recover, it takes the task force one step closer to finding those responsible.

Sheriff Jones is confident the task force will begin making arrests in the next few days. Jones says the Beauregard area of Lee county in particular has been targeted by these suspects, However, it's possible they are committing burglaries all over the East Alabama area, including Chambers county.