Florence Business Owner Helps Police Catch Burglary Suspects

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FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT) - Police are giving credit to a crime victim and alert business owner for helping them solve multiple burglaries in record time.

With flags flying on the front porch, it's your typical all-American neighborhood, right in the middle of downtown Florence.

But Florence Police say Walnut Street was the scene of two home burglaries Monday afternoon.

“We were able to take information and get a good description of the items that were missing. And the homeowner took some initiative and started contacting local pawn shops,” said Investigator Brad Holmes.

According to Holmes, while patrol units were on the scene of the burglaries, a pawn shop owner contacted police.

Holmes explained the pawn shop owner stated he had three people in his business trying to sell what he thought to be stolen property from the residences on Walnut Street.

“Within four hours of getting the first call of this crime happening, we had three suspects in custody,” said Holmes. “As well as located all of the property that was stolen from both of the burglaries.”

Investigators said Teeirra Anderson, 20, and two juveniles have been arrested for the burglaries.  All three are charged with multiple counts of burglary and theft of property.

Investigator Holmes said this is a perfect example of the department's campaign, “If you see something, say something”.

Anderson remains in the Lauderdale County Detention Center.  The two juveniles in the case are being held at the Tennessee Valley Juvenile Detention Center in Colbert County.

According to Florence Police, all the items taken during the burglaries have been recovered and given back to the rightful owners.