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December 12, 2012

Brothers charged in connection with burglaries near Dodge City

Guntersville man suspected in West Point case

Cullman sheriff’s deputies believe they have resolved a series of recent home burglaries near Dodge City, arresting two brothers who each face charges for receiving stolen property.

Brothers Jason Owens, 30, and Matthew Owens, 36, were arrested separately for their alleged connection to two burglaries near their residence on County Road 216. Each remains in the Cullman County detention center on $5,000 bonds on a single count of receiving stolen property.

Major Scott Clay of the Cullman County Sheriff’s Office said the arrests were the result of diligent patrol work.

“Sgt. Brandon Eddy, one of our patrol officers, was following up on a burglary report in that area, and he visited the suspects’ home. No one was there on the first visit, but last Friday, on the second visit, Jason Owens was there. Sgt. Eddy saw some of the property believed to be stolen, and he arrested Mr. Owens at that time,” said Clay. “His brother, Kevin, was arrested Monday back at his residence.”

Police believe the pair is responsible for a September burglary at a nearby home, as well as a burglary that took place last week at another nearby home. They also believe some of the alleged stolen property recovered in the case may be related to thefts at the Cullman Wal Mart and at Rent-A-Center locations.

An investigation continues to recover the remainder of the alleged stolen property.

In a separate case, the sheriff’s office has issued a warrant for the arrest of a Guntersville man suspected in connection with an October burglary at a home near West Point.

Local prosecutors are currently awaiting the transfer of Justin Wade Brown of Guntersville, who is currently being held in Marshall County on unrelated failure to appear charges.

“Sgt. Brandon Hammock and I received information that some of the items in the October burglary may have gone to a pawn shop in the Guntersville area,” said Clay.

“So, he and I went up there, and we actually ended up recovering the stolen property from a number of different pawn shops between Guntersville and Boaz. We also recovered some stolen property — rifles, hand guns, jewelry, GPS units and other items — from individual houses over in Marshall County that appears to all be connected to this burglary.”

The sheriff’s office is requesting that Brown be transferred to Cullman County on burglary warrants once his case in Marshall County has been resolved.

“I just want to commend our patrol guys for following up on property crime, and the concerns of the citizens who are affected by it,” said sheriff Mike Rainey. “We appreciate the information we get from people in the community, because it helps us make cases and it makes citizens a partner with law enforcement in keeping our communities safe.”

Benjamin Bullard can be reached by e-mail at bbullard@cullmantimes.com or by telephone at 734-2131 ext. 270.

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