Based on the information, detectives and deputies put the suspects under surveillance for three weeks until they had enough information to obtain search warrants for the locations where they believed the stolen property was being kept.
He said that two search warrants were served at two different addresses in the Lebanon area simultaneously on Thursday, July 15.
The search warrants drawn and executed were the result of a two-month long investigation into a rash of home burglaries in the southeastern part of the county. Several thousands of dollars worth of stolen property was recovered from both locations.
The stolen items included electronics such as computers, DVDs, household items such as vacuum cleaners and weapons, said Det. Robert Stafford.
The detectives noted that even with all the items that were recovered, they are still looking for additional stolen property. They said it will take time to match up the items with the reports they have on file from the burglaries committed during a two- to three-month period.
“We just have to go through all of that and match it up with the reports we have,” Johnson said.
Stafford added, “It’s not going to be a quick process. It takes time to track down the reports.”
“Our Detective Division has done an outstanding job on this investigation along with our Patrol Division,” Ashe said.
He expressed frustration that the crime of residential burglaries does not seem to be taken more seriously by the General Assembly. “The only thing that makes them (the home burglaries) less violent is you weren’t at home” when it happened. “If there’s mandatory time for a DUI, there should be mandatory time for breaking into a house,” Ashe said.
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