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Mega burglary investigation results in dozens of area arrests

Press Release

LEE COUNTY, AL - A task force comprised of officers from the Lee County Sheriff's Office, Auburn Police Department, Opelika Police Department, Alabama Bureau of Investigations, Alabama State Fire Marshall's Office, and the Alabama Department of Agriculture has been investigating burglaries occurring in Lee County during the past six (6) months. 

The formation of this Burglary Task Force was the result of multiple reported burglary offenses that all shared similar circumstances and appeared link these crimes and many of the criminal suspects involved in committing these offenses.

The efforts of the task force has resulted in more than (150) one hundred and fifty interviews being conducted, (71) seventy one charges being issued, (53) fifty three cases cleared, (22) twenty two adults arrested, (10) ten juveniles arrested, and (19) nineteen pending arrest warrants. 

The following individuals have been involved: 

Adults Arrested:

1. Jimmy Julio Kelly, 32, of Opelika
3 counts of Burglary in Third Degree
1 count of Theft of Property in the First Degree
1 count of Theft of Property in the Second Degree
1 count of Theft of Property in the Second Degree
1 count of Receiving Stolen Property in the Second Degree

2. Derrick L. Pitts, 22, of Auburn
2 count of Burglary in the Third Degree
2 count of Theft in the First Degree
1 count of Criminal Trespassing in the Third Degree

3. Ozzie Tarez Logan, 22, of Auburn
1 count of Burglary in the Third Degree
1 count of Theft of Property in the Second Degree

4. Kayla Nicole Barree, 19, of Auburn
2 counts of Burglary in the Third Degree
2 counts of Theft of Property in the Second Degree

5. Eldrico Mondeas Avery, 33, of Auburn (arrest pending)
1 count of Criminal Trespassing in the Third Degree

6. Corey Jacquavias Roberts, 19, of Opelika
1 count of Burglary in the Third Degree
1 count of Burglary in the Second Degree
1 count of Theft of Property in the Second Degree

7.  Kelvin Oneal Hill, 23, of Auburn
2 counts Burglary in the Third Degree
2 counts of Theft of Property in the Second Degree
1 counts of Theft of Property in the Third Degree
2 counts of Criminal Trespassing Third Degree

8. Quentin Eugene Turner, 18, of Auburn
1 count of Burglary in the Third Degree
1 count of Theft of Property in the Second Degree

9. David Kyle Scarborough, 19, of Columbus, Georgia
(arrest pending/Defendant in Russell County Jail)
3 counts of Breaking and Entering a Motor Vehicle
2 counts of Theft of Property in the Third Degree
1 count of Theft of Property in the Second Degree

10. Bradley Beau Strickland, 19, of Phenix City (arrest pending)
2 counts of Breaking & Entering Auto
1 count of Theft of Property in the Third Degree
1 count of Theft of Property in the Second Degree

11. Jamarius Demond Vickerstaff, 20, of Auburn
1 count of Burglary in the Third Degree
1 count of Theft of Property in the Second Degree

12. Joshua Lee Spurlin, 21, of Phenix City
1 count of Burglary in the Third Degree
1 count of Theft of Property in the First Degree

13.  Richard Eugene Clark, 41, of Valley
1 count Burglary in the Third Degree
1 count Theft of Property in the First Degree
1 count of Theft of Property in the Second Degree

14. Douglas Frazier, 30, Lafayette (arrest pending)
 1 count of Burglary in the First Degree

15. Brandon Shane Morris, 36, of Salem (arrest pending)
1 count of Theft of Property in the First Degree

16. Erenst Dean Stephen, 49, of Richland, Georgia 
1 count of Burglary in the Third Degree 
1 count of Theft of Property in the Third Degree

17.  Darius Dungelo Carr, 19, of Phenix City (arrest pending)
1 count of Burglary in the First Degree

18.  Morris Aaron Gamble, 33, of McCalla, Alabama
1 count of  Breaking & Entering Auto 
2 count of Theft of Property in the Third Degree

19.  Jennifer Lynn Gamble, 29, of McCalla, Alabama
1 count of Breaking & Entering Auto
2 counts of Theft of Property in the Third Degree

20.  Zachary Stephen Smith, 18, of Opelika
1 count Breaking & Entering Auto
1 count of Theft of Property in the Third Degree

21.  Samantha Joann Murphy, 19, of Lagrange, Georgia
2 counts of Breaking & Entering Auto
1 count of Theft of Property in the Second Degree
1 count of Theft of Property in the Third Degree

22.  Kentavius Jacolby Robinson, 19, of Opelika
1 count of Burglary in the Third Degree
1 count of Theft of Property in the Second Degree

These arrests can be credited to cooperative efforts among the various area law enforcement agencies working diligently while assigned to the task force. 

The continued involvement of Lee County citizens who called in information to their local law enforcement agencies and the Lee County Crime Stoppers' Tip lines in the east central Alabama/west central Georgia area has also played a major role in this operation's success. 

The crime of burglary is one of the most reported offenses investigated by law enforcement agencies throughout the united States and are classified as one of the most difficult to solve.

Some factors that hinder burglary cases from being solved are that many of these crimes are usually committed during the daylight hours (8 AM - 2 PM) while most homeowners are working and their children are attend school. 

Because most household family members are generally working or attending school there are fewer potential witnesses to these incidents.

Some tips to reduce your exposure to becoming a victim of the crime of burglary are listed below.

We encourage the public to consider these tips and work with their local law enforcement agencies to prevent and reduce this type of crime from taking place in our communities.

1) Secure all windows and doors with locks (home and vehicle)
2) Install adequate exterior lights around and near your home
3) Install an alarm security system
4) Record /document and photograph all items of value
5) Document all model and serial numbers on all items of value
6) Know your neighbors/ be familiar with vehicles in your neighborhood
7) Check with your local Law Enforcement agency on the Neighborhood 
    Watch program
8) Report suspicious activity ( people and vehicles) to law enforcement
9) Write down suspicious vehicle tag numbers and the physical description of any suspicious individual (s) observed in your neighborhood and provide that information to your local law enforcement agency

These cases are still under investigation by the independent agencies. 

If you have any information about these crimes, the whereabouts of the individuals still wanted on pending charges or any information on any other crime please call the Lee County Crime Stoppers tip line at 1-888-522-7847.

Source: Lee County Sheriff's Office

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