MADISON, Ala. (WHNT) - A New Market man has been charged in a number of burglaries to home construction sites in Madison, Huntsville and Limestone County.
Robert Dale Jarvis, 46, was arrested recently in Huntsville for similar charges. This week, Madison Police pinned Jarvis for burglaries to homes under construction in the area of New Bristol Lane and Hardiman Place Lane, where kitchen appliances had been stolen. These homes are in the portion of Madison that stretches into Limestone County.
"You're looking at everything from kitchen appliances that are stoves, microwaves, maybe even some of the higher-end lighting fixtures that are involved when people go in and steal from these homes under construction," said Madison Police Department Captain John Stringer.
Police say Jarvis is charged with multiple counts of burglary and theft of property. They investigated the cases on the weekends of August 31-September 1 and September 6-9.
Stringer says home builders are not the only ones who suffer from crimes such as this.
"What ends up happening is our citizens wind up incurring the costs when they go to buy houses. And we want to make sure that we create an environment where people want to come live where they know their possessions are going to be safe. When this kind of things happens, it's just as important to us as if someone were assaulted," Stringer says.
Jarvis will be transferred to the Limestone County Jail to be processed on these charges once he moves through the Madison County court system.
John Stringer says the bust would not have happened without the team work among the Madison and Limestone County Sheriff's Offices, and the Huntsville Police Department.
"We realize we're all in this together and that we're working for the good of the communities in general and that if we're able to clear crimes working together then it's benefitting everybody."