-- Seven suspects, including three young men and four juveniles, have been charged in connection with some 63 property crimes that included 45 burglaries and other crimes, Columbus police said today.
Police Sgt. Joseph Weatherford identified the suspects as Jamal Watkins, Christain Jones, Dahvontay Richardson, and four juveniles whose names were not released because of their age. In addition to the burglaries, police have cleared six criminal attempted burglaries, 11 stolen cars and one highjacking of a motor vehicle.
The crimes occurred between April and July and ranges as far south as Fourth Street to neighborhoods off River Road.
An arrest report on Richardson shows that he was already in the Muscogee County Jail when he was charged on July 8 with five additional counts of burglary. The break-ins were located on Roaring Branch Road in Green Island Hills, Charing Drive, Rivermont Court, Brookstone Boulevard and McNeese Drive. Other burglaries also occurred in the Hilton Heights neighborhood.
The property valued in those five burglaries was estimated at almost $10,000.
Richardson listed an address at Booker T. Washington Apartments. No information was available on the other two suspects.
In a release, Weatherford said detectives Stuart Carter and Jennifer Horton were primary investigators during an investigation that spanned several weeks to arrest suspects in the crimes.
The investigation is ongoing and more information may be available later, police said.----