Summer Crime in Wiregrass Town

By: Vanessa Araiza Email
By: Vanessa Araiza Email

Authorities have a suspect in connection with a string of burglaries in one Wiregrass city.

However, it could just be the beginning. Headland Police say rising temperatures usually result in an increase in crime.

Raymond Browning says his neighborhood in Headland is pretty low key.

That’s why he was surprised when he heard of the recent rash of burglaries in the area.

"I'm surprised, around here, it's a, it is open; when people are gone, it’s an opportunity for someone to break in I guess," Browning said.

Headland Police arrested 32-year-old Don Cornellius Murray for an alleged string of burglaries in the area this month.

Headland Police Dept. Chief Mark Jones said, "When times get bad, money is low, people will venture out, criminal activities will increase."

Chief Jones says the rising costs play a part in crime.

Now that residents are taking time off for summer vacation, crooks are putting in the time to scope out your house.

"Well, summertime, more people are out, more people are on vacation, leaving their homes people target, especially the areas they know nobody's home," Chief Jones added.

That is why residents like Browning take extra measure when they leave for vacation. "Most of the time there's someone here and we got our killer dog too."

Authorities say the arrest of Murray has solved three burglaries in the area.

They say they hope to continue the success of keeping the area safe.

Murray is being held in the Henry County Jail on a $75,000 dollar bond.


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