Police Arrest Two in Burglary Case in Dothan Area

By: Patrick Claybon
By: Patrick Claybon

The Dothan Police Department announced the capture of two men who they believe are involved in at least 15 burglaries in Dothan last month.

Authorities say 25-year-old Michael Patrick Donahue and 29-year-old Jonathan Elko are suspected in more than 15 burglaries of area businesses near downtown and a burglary of the First Baptist Church on Main Street.

"Recovering evidence at some of the scenes, forensics evidence; it was used to solve some of these cases. [We are] proud of the work of the civilians that helped us out in these cases," said Chief John Powell with the Dothan Police Department.

Many of those victimized in these burglaries say the perpetrators were a bit sloppy, leaving behind fingerprints, blood and even trying to resell obviously stolen items.

The Rim Shop Owner, Gary Roney, said "They got a set of wheels and they tried to sell them. The guy they tried to sell them to, knew us and they came and told us."

Business owners could be able to put faces on the missing items from their establishments along with the damage done getting into them.

"They came in through the window by the air conditioner, got a tool and pried the desk drawer open and took some money bags, but left the checks," said George Halford with Arnolds Automotive.

The police couldn't say specifically what led to the capture of the two men, other than forensics, but as Capitan Larry Draugn with the Dothan Police Department told News 4, “You've got good thieves and those not good, but in the end, they all get caught.”

The Dothan Police Department offers training courses for business owners to decrease the chances of night-time burglaries. For information, contact the police department at 615-3000.

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