Six men had been arrested as of Wednesday morning in connection with the recent string of burglaries now believed to span from Sulphur Springs, Arbala and other parts of Hopkins County to Alba and Wood County.
The investigation into two burglaries in Arbala over the weekend came to a head Sunday after Hopkins and Wood County officers talked to one suspect. That converstation lead to a Quitman storage building where officers found numerous items reported stolen from the Arbala area, including two toolboxes, an air compressor, a pistol, an iPod, chainsaws and other items stolen in Wood County.
Officers continued to work the cases this week, with clues pointing to property in at least 11 pawn shops from additional burglaries in Wood County, Alba and Sulphur Springs. At least one of the suspects told officers the group had been involved in more than 100 burglaries, according to sheriff’s reports.
The group was targeting storage buildings and sheds, investigators said Monday.
Sheriff’s investigators received enough information to charge six men with engaging in organized criminal activity, for their alleged collaboration in numerous burglaries.
In custody at Hopkins County jail for engaging in organized criminal activity were Cory David Lowery, 20, and Joshua Western Thornhill, 18. Arrested in other counties over the last few days on engaging in organized criminal activity warrants were Todd Raymond Ladd, Dakota McCellon and Corey Sims, all 18; and Shane King Davis, 17, Hopkins County Sheriff’s Office Chief Investigator Lewis Tatum said at lunch time Wednesday.
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