Teen, three juveniles arrested for business burglary

| December 13, 2016

VALDOSTA – Valdosta police are urging increased parental involvement after three juveniles and an 18-year-old were arrested early Monday for allegedly breaking into an automotive sales business.

At approximately 2 a.m., the uniformed patrol officers with the Valdosta Police Department responded to a burglary alarm from Imperial Auto Sales at 1410 North Ashley Street, said VPD Lt. Adam Bembry.

When approaching the business, one of responding patrol officers observed movement in the parking lot of the business, and he also noticed that a surveillance camera had been torn down,” Bembry said. “The officer noticed multiple subjects on scene attempting to hide behind parked cars on the lot. Backup officers arrived and assisted in detaining the subjects.”

Patrol officers continued investigating and learned that along with the damaged security camera, the business’s back door had been damaged in an attempt to gain entry by force.

“Multiple tools were confiscated by officers that the offenders had brought with them for the purpose of committing a burglary; including screwdrivers, hammers, and gloves,” Bembry said.

Kevin Brown, 18 and three juveniles were taken into custody. Brown was taken to the Lowndes County Jail, and the juveniles were turned over to the Department of Juvenile Justice, reports stated.

Brown and the three juveniles face charges of felony criminal attempt to commit burglary and felony possession of tools for the commission of a crime, reports stated.

“It is imperative that parents continue to monitor their children’s activities as best they can. In this incident, three out of the four subjects that have been arrested were minors that were caught breaking into a local business at 2 o’clock in the morning instead of being at home,” Bembry said. “No one wants to see our youth start down a path towards an adult criminal record. Parents who have difficulty with their children are urged to seek assistance from the Valdosta Police Department or the Department of Juvenile Justice.”

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