Dothan Crime Spree Comes to an End

By: Scottie Hunter Email
By: Scottie Hunter Email

Dothan Police tell us that all items stolen in this crime spree have been returned to their rightful owners.

Children's toys...a paper in the front yard...all things that suggest a normal neighborhood. But streets like Alpine, Martin and South Edgemont were anything but late Wednesday night as burglars went on the prowl.

"Police were called to a number of crimes involving breaking and entering of vehicles as well as burglaries of homes," says Dothan Police Sgt. Rachel David. Burglaries that involved theft of property.

Most of the items taken ranged from things like alcohol to working equipment. Basically anything wrong-doers could get their hands on and get away with quickly...but their plans ended almost as abruptly as they began.

Dothan Police responded rather quickly to these burglaries...allowing officers to use textbook tactics to get who they believe committed these crimes.

And now 18-year-old Paul Spahlinger, 21-year-old David Taylor as well as two juveniles are facing charges including breaking and entering as well as second and third degree burglary.

After a few attempts to track down victims of this crime spree we ran across Allen Isler who woke up Thursday to find his truck ransacked and his small lawnmower lifted.

"I guess they were just looking for something quick that they could make some money off of, but there was nothing taken out of my truck...'just ransacked?' Right," explained burglary victim Allen Isler.

He and his wife are glad the crimes weren't more severe but it still makes them a bit uneasy. "It's just hard to describe..someone going through your stuff when it's sitting right here in your front yard," Isler added.

An unsettling feeling Dothan Police hope more residents won't have to experience.


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