Rash of Burglaries

An investigation is underway into a rash of burglaries in Lauderdale County. A typical weekend would involve one break-in. However, this past weekend there were seven.

Stephen and Sheila Carpenter are two of the victims. Their house in Russell was broken into sometime between 9 a.m. and noon Sunday, while they were both at church.

'When we came in the house was just a mess. Things were thrown everywhere. There were a lot of things missing,' says Sheila.

'They had come in here and just took this bag down and threw it here and had this stuff all disorganized,' says Stephen. 'They must have used a pry bar because they bent the lock and it came flying across the room and it landed over here by the end of the table.'

At least two laptop computers, a bass guitar, jewelry and security boxes among other things were stolen from the Carpenter's home.

'As of right now, we're still finding things missing as we go,' says Sheila.

According to Chief Deputy Ward Calhoun, at least three of the burglaries happened during worship hours Sunday morning, while residents from two of the houses were at church.

'Typically they're looking for items they can sell or trade very quickly such as guns, laptops, small TVs, those types of things,' said Calhoun.

At this time Calhoun says deputies are looking to confirm whether or not all of the burglaries are connected.

'We do have some leads and some evidence that was gathered by some of the deputies at the residences and we'll be working on that in the days to come,' Calhoun said.

So far, an arrest has not been made and officials are not releasing any information about a possible description for the suspect or suspects.

In the wake of what has happened, the Carpenters are optimistic that justice will be served.

'We just have to leave it in God's hands. He's in control.'

A total of seven residential burglaries were reported over the weekend in Lauderdale County. The first was reported around 10 p.m. Saturday in Toomsuba. The others happened Sunday.

All occurred in or near Russell and Toomsuba. Anyone with information on the cases is asked to call Crimestoppers at (601) 485-1860.