4 arrested, including 3 LBWCC basketball players, for string of burglaries | Crime
ANDALUSIA, AL (WSFA) - Authorities are crediting a high quality surveillance system for helping to solve a string of eight burglaries in and around the Andalusia area.
Andalusia police say three LBWCC basketball players and one family member were arrested Friday in connection with crimes stretching over the last three months.
Two suspects, 20-year-old Jordan Jaron Wimberly and 19-year-old Mitchell McRae Liles, both of Opelika, were identified in surveillance footage from the June 14 burglary of LBWCC's student center, gym and library. Clothing items and monies were stolen from those areas. Vending machines were also vandalized.
Authorities caught up with Wimberly and Liles on Friday at the Southern Terrace Apartments in Andalusia. While in the apartment, authorities noticed items consistent with what was stolen from LBW, including the money box from the vending machines.
During an interview, the pair admitted their involvement in not only the LBW burglaries, but also two previous burglaries on campus - they added that they were not alone. Two other suspects, 22-year-old Joshua Joenez Wimberly of Opelika and 19-year-old Derrick Ladayne Johnson of Leroy, Ala. were identified.
The four men also confessed to a series of burglaries and an attempted burglary on June 9 at the Covington Mall. The men admitted to breaking in to the Singer store inside the mall and a storage area behind Hibbett's in Westgate Plaza. They also attempted to get into Sanders Jewelry.
The four men are each charged with eight counts of burglary in the third degree, one count of attempted burglary, two counts of theft of property second degree, two counts of criminal mischief third degree and two counts theft of property third degree.
Each was booked into the Covington County Jail and held on $129,000 bond.