UPDATE: Three arrested in connection with string of overnight break-ins in DeKalb Co.

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DEKALB COUNTY, Ala. - Three people are arrested in connection to more than 14 break-ins that happened overnight in DeKalb County.

James Joshua Thomas, Anthony Ray Thomas, and Tyler Nathaniel Harvey are all charged with breaking and entering of a motor vehicle. More charges are pending.

The calls about the break-ins started coming in overnight, into Thursday morning. "Up until about nine o'clock this morning we had already done 14 burglary reports, either vehicles or either houses," Sheriff Jimmy Harris says.

Sheriff Harris says the department sent patrols to the Fyffe, Geraldine and Hammons Cross Roads area, where the calls were originating. He says deputies stopped a vehicle that was full of stolen items.

Eventually deputies were led to two homes off of County Road 843.

Along with Geraldine Police, they searched the two homes. Deputies pulled stolen items from one of the homes.

After questioning persons of interest in the case, Thursday afternoon the three people were arrested and charged in connection with the break-ins.

Harris expects the number of burglary reports to go up. "There may be people who have already gone to work and didn't realize their house was broken into, they may have hit their house after they had gone to work," Sheriff Harris says.  More stolen items are expected to surface in the investigation, and more arrests could be made as well.

Sheriff Harris says his agency has been monitoring the properties for some time due to tips about suspicious activity.

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