Jasper. Co. Men Behind Bars for Laurel Burglaries, Robbery - WHLT 22 Connecting the Pine Belt

Jasper. Co. Men Behind Bars for Laurel Burglaries, Robbery

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Four Jasper County men are behind bars after a rash of burglaries and an armed robbery in Laurel.

"These crimes are very serious, and we don't take it lightly here at Laurel Police Department," LPD Investigator Kim Stewart said.

Shawn Anton Moore, Malcolm Jamal Wilson, Devante K. Blanks and Decedric D. Arrington were each charged with two counts of commercial burglary and one count of armed robbery. Their bond has not been set.

Investigators explain they allegedly broke into Gold Mine Pawn Shop on 16 Ave. and Red Maple Laundromat on Ellisville Blvd. within an hour of each other recently.

Shortly after, police were dispatched to a call of an armed robbery of a female sitting in her car on South 11 Ave.

"The victim stated that she said she wouldn't give them anything, and they then fled the scene without taking any property," LPD Investigator Brandon Evans said.

Using surveillance, police were able to identify the suspects and work with the Jasper County Sheriff's Department on their arrests.  Stewart said it is vital to maintain contact with other agencies.

"We have that line of open communication at any time or given day that if they need us, we'll be there for them," Stewart confirmed.

Police encourage merchants to protect their businesses.

"A little bit of money in security will go a long way in protecting your property and valuables you have in your place of business," Evans said.

They said it's a good idea to have alarm systems, surveillance cameras, enhanced locks and sometimes bars on windows.  Plenty of lighting around the business is also a plus.

The case is still under investigation, and more arrests are expected.

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