ESCAMBIA COUNTY, Fla. (WALA) - The Escambia County Sheriff’s Office says the arrests of three people have help bust a burglary ring operating in two counties.
Investigators say the burglary ring had been in operation since April of 2013 in Escambia and Santa Rosa Counties. The suspects would break into newly built homes and house that were vacant, for sale, for rent, under renovation or in foreclosure. They would then steal major appliances including stoves, refrigerators and air conditioning units.
The investigation included a total of 88 reported burglaries or thefts in Escambia County. Warrants were issued or arrests were made in 66 of those cases. Santa Rosa County had 18 additional cases in which they obtained seven warrants. In addition to the burglary and theft cases, officers worked ten additional spinoff cases for other crimes.
The value of property stolen was determined to be approximately $129,000. Authorities have recovered several of the major appliances and air conditioners. They are still trying to identify and locate more of the stolen property.
Timothy Godwin, Henry Birchmore and Jason Godwin are each facing multiple charges in connection to the burglary ring. According to the sheriff’s office, a total of 105 cases have been cleared through this investigation.
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