Police: Burglary suspects nabbed

Published 2:57 am Saturday, September 21, 2013

When the Escambia County Sheriff’s Department made arrests in connection with area burglaries, a case for the Brewton Police Department was also closed.

Sgt. Patrick Caylor with the Brewton Police Department, said information and evidence gathered during a burglary investigation with the Escambia County Sheriff’s Department became a lead for local police.

“We got a call back on July 7 about a burglary on Garrett Street,” Caylor said. “There were several items taken including an old Kentucky-style rifle. When the (Escambia) County did there investigation, that rifle was recovered. The investigators got in touch with us to see if we had anything like that stolen because it didn’t match any of the items taken in the cases they were investigating. That information is how we got a break in the case and proceeded with making the arrests.”

Two of the four men arrested in connection with cases investigated by the Escambia County Sheriff’s Department were also arrested this week by Brewton police in connection with that Garrett Street burglary.

Jalen Harrod and Darryl Smith have been charged with third-degree burglary and first-degree theft of property in Brewton, Caylor said.

Caylor said preliminary figures in all cases under investigation indicate that as much as $20,000 in merchandise has been stolen from homes around the area.

“We are continuing this investigation and looking into all burglary cases in our area,” Caylor said. “We certainly expect that there may be other arrests in these cases.”

Harrod is being held on $75,000 bond with Smith held on a $100,000 bond. They are also being held for the Escambia County charges.

Bond for the two additional men arrested on charges filed by Escambia County Sheriff’s officials include a $20,000 bond for Brandon Smith and a $25,000 bond on Anthony Strength. Both men have been released on bond, officials said.