The Perry County Sheriff's Department believes they've arrested the individuals responsible for several burglaries in the area. Four individuals were arrested Tuesday and are suspected to be involved in at least 6 burglaries in Perry County.
“Over the last month we've had several burglaries and we think these have done all these burglaries in the area anywhere from New Augusta to Janice,” said Sheriff Jimmy Dale Smith.
John Cox, 33, is charged with non-residential burglary with forcible entry, residential burglary with no forced entry and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. Jerrad Dillon, 25, is charged with residential burglary with no forced entry and two counts of residential burglary with forcible entry. Tori Aleta, 21, is charged with non-residential burglary with no forcible entry and two counts of residential burglary with forcible entry and Lloyd Hunter, 33, is charged with receiving stolen property.
Sheriff Smith said the individuals were arrested after their truck broke down and was on the side of the road. He said one of his deputies stopped to help them and then noticed all the items in the back of the truck, items that he said were reported stolen from different residents.
“We've recovered six guns, we've recovered a welder, three generators, a push bush hog, a boat motor,” said Sheriff Smith. “Anything that be carried off they carried it.”
Sheriff Smith said they recovered several items from a stolen gun safe.
“This guy's safe was actually bolted to the wall and they pried it off the wall and took it,” said Sheriff Smith.
Bonds have been set for the alleged burglars. Their bonds range anywhere from $100,000 - $150,000.
“We're glad to get these off the streets most definitely,” said Sheriff Smith. “We really need the public's help in these burglaries. If we can get the public's help we can solve a lot more crimes than what we solve.”