Macon police announced Wednesday they have arrested three people during the past week and are searching for a fourth in connection with a string of burglaries in parts of south Macon and Bibb County.
In addition, investigators have recovered stolen items with a combined estimated value of about $100,000, police Lt. Carl Fletcher said.
Police arrested Taron Perkins, 19, and charged him with burglary. After Perkins was arrested, it was discovered that two others allegedly helped him break into 23 homes and seven vehicles at various addresses on Ashland Drive, Dalton Street, Bloomfield Road, Emerson Circle, Dalton Street, South Groveland Circle, Greenleaf Drive, Pinedale Drive and Thrasher Circle, police said.
Police also arrested a 16-year-old juvenile and charged him and Perkins with multiple counts of burglary, theft by taking auto and entering auto.
The alleged third member of the burglary ring, Warren Robello, 19, is still at large, Fletcher said. Police are asking for help in finding him. A warrant has been issued for his arrest on the same charges as Perkins and the juvenile. Police are asking that anyone with information about Robello call Macon Regional CrimeStoppers at (877) 68-CRIME.
In addition, a fourth man, James Berrice of Beaumont Heights, was arrested last week and charged with multiple counts of theft by receiving, Fletcher said. Berrice allegedly stored about 90 percent of the stolen items at various places, Fletcher said.
Among the stolen items recovered by police were computers, TVs, lawn equipment, Xboxes, stereos, motor scooters and a four-wheel off-road vehicle.
Fletcher said some of the items were from burglaries in Bibb County. He said police are working with the sheriff’s office. He also said information from those burglaries have yielded suspects in other burglaries in the area. Fletcher warned against buying high-end items from people off the street, saying the items are likely either stolen or defective. Anyone caught buying a stolen item could be charged with theft by receiving, he said.
People who have had items stolen should check with Macon police to see if their items were recovered. Those people will need either serial numbers or some other proof or description of the item to be able to reclaim it.
Fletcher said it’s prudent for everyone to record serial numbers of items in their homes.
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