DAPHNE, Ala. (WALA) - Daphne police have made a break in a rash of recent burglaries. Bobby Fletcher was arrested after a tip from a local business owner and is now the center of an investigation.
BUSINESS OWNER TIPS POLICE
A video we showed you last week shows someone breaking into a Daphne business. In all, sixteen businesses have been burglarized in a similar fashion around town in the last few weeks. A gas station owner saw the coverage of the crimes and connected his own experience from last week, when he saw someone he knew try to break into his business.
Lt. Jud Beedy, with the Daphne Police Department described what happened, “He was in the store late at night closing up and the lights were off and Bobby Fletcher came up with a crowbar and knocked on his door and this particular owner who went outside and scared him off.”
OWNER KNEW SUSPECT
The gas station owner went to police Tuesday with his information and within a few hours Bobby Fletcher was picked up and charged with 2nd degree burglary and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Now police are trying to connect the dots between Fletcher and other crimes. Investigators said all 16 burglaries have happened under similar circumstances; same types of businesses, same time of night, and same manner of entry.
“Bobby Fletcher is a person of interest in all these other burglaries now,” Lt. Beedy said.
FOX10 news spoke to several of the business owners who were victimized. They hope the arrest of Fletcher is the end of the recent problems, but police warn people to still be vigilant.
“I wouldn’t say that these burglaries are 100% over yet. I wouldn’t say that Mr. Fletcher is 100% responsible for all for them. Yeah we still want people to keep actively helping us with these situations,” Lt. Beedy told us.
BOBBY FLETCHER MADE FOX10 NEWS LAST YEAR
Bobby Fletcher is no stranger to FOX10 News. Last April we showed you surveillance video from a Daphne gas station. In it you see a donation jar for a 14-year-old leukemia patient being stolen. Police arrested Fletcher and charged him for that crime.
That case is still pending.
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