Thefts remain a headache for police
by RACHEL DAVIS
Sep 17, 2012 | 2783 views | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Oakman Police Chief Andy Powell said despite his department’s recent arrests for theft and burglary in the Oakman area, property crimes continue to be a problem for residents.

Powell and Officer Chuck Lilley made an arrest this week on a burglary case from March.

The duo arrested Lawrence Gene Muller, 34, of Oakman, and charged him with second degree theft of property in the six-month-old case. The charges stem from the theft of an air-conditioning unit from an apartment complex.

Oakman police also obtained a second felony warrant this week for receiving stolen property, but did not release the name or information of the suspect because he has not been arrested as of press time.

“We continue to be ever vigilant on cracking down in the property crimes occurring in our jurisdiction,” Lilley said. “Both in preventive patrols and nonstop tracking down of persons responsible for these crimes.”

As with many of the recent cases, the air-conditioning unit was not able to be recovered because it was sold as scrap metal.

The department is also currently investigating a burglary that happened early Sunday on Swindle Loop Road and vowed to continue working each case vigilantly.

“We’ll find them,” Powell said. “We aren’t going to stop investigating and arresting people until they stop stealing from people in Oakman.”