On April 28, 2020, at approximately 10 pm, patrol officers with Valdosta Police Department responded to the 400 block of Norman Drive (Academy Sports) in reference to an alarm. Upon arrival, officers found damage to the front and rear of the building, which indicated someone had entered the building illegally. Responding officers secured the area, and a K-9 unit responded to attempt to locate the offenders. The K-9 located both juveniles hiding in a wooded area behind the business. Both juveniles were detained and charged with burglary (felony) and possession of burglary tools (felony). The Department of Juvenile Justice was notified of the facts of this case.
“The alarm system, surveillance system, and the K-9 proved invaluable in this case. We are very proud of how quickly our officers responded and investigated this case. Their quick action led to the offenders being captured before they could leave the immediate area”. Lt. Scottie Johns