Burglary string strikes

Published 12:00 am Sunday, March 28, 2004

A string of burglaries and one theft have kept Selma police busy this weekend.

Police reports show three Third Degree Burglaries occurring before midnight on Friday. A fourth Burglary in the First Degree resulted in the arrest of Jonich Latrell Washington, a 19-year-old Selma resident soon after the crime occured around 2:51 a.m. Saturday morning. All the charges were felony charges.

According to police reports, Washington is accused of breaking into Hatfield Electronics on Lapesly Street and stealing a .380 caliber handgun, a battery-powered drill, a set of keys, a cassette tape and wood chips. He is being charged with one count of Burglary in the First Degree.

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The Times-Journal was unable to determine the amount of bond Washington was being held on or whether or not the bond had been posted at presstime.

The other three burglaries happened on Old Montgomery Highway, Union Street and Woodland Terrace.

Sebastion and Tonda Savage, had their storage shed broken on Old Montgomery Highway burglarized sometime this week.

Filed as a Third Degree Burglary charge, the Savages aren’t sure when the break-in happened.

The last time they checked on the storage shed was last Thursday. Friday, they went to check on it and three television sets were missing, along with a washer, dryer, microwave and lawnmower.

The Savages returned to Selma after Sebastion retired from the Navy.

“It’s so sad to move back home and have something like that happen to you,” Mrs. Savage said. “We’ve lived in places close to Chicago and didn’t have anything like that happen.”

There were three Theft’s of Property reported on Highland, Bradford Circle and Broad Street.

Gene Hisel, owner of Highland BP also reported the third theft of moving equipment this week, when a 5′ by 8′ U-Haul trailer was stolen Friday night.

“This is happening all over (to U-Haul),” Hisel said. “We’re a little above average (in Selma) but this is statewide.”

Hisel reported the theft of a trailer Friday morning and an auto-transport and a tow dolly earlier this week.

“In the past year we’ve had five or six items stolen,” Hisel said. “It’s happened three times in the last week.”

Attempts to contact Selma Police officials were unsuccessful by presstime.