Ardmore police have reportedly observed an increase in burglaries within city limits over the past few days.
At least four second degree burglaries have been reported since Saturday, Oct. 12, along with a few auto thefts. APD Capt. Keith Ingle said the department is unsure why there has been an uptick in this type of crime, but the increase has been notable.
“It’s increased quite a bit. It’s usually whenever it’s foggy out we have more of that type of crime because they think they’re covered in the nighttime fog I guess,” Ingle said. “Other than that, I couldn’t tell you why, but I have noticed it has.”
Around 9:03 p.m. on Oct. 12, Ardmore police responded to a call concerning a suspicious vehicle in the 200 block of K Street NW.
“Somebody called in that a suspicious vehicle was parked by a church parking lot and there were people loading items into the truck and they thought that was odd for 9 o’clock at night,” Ingle said.
Officers attempted to make contact with the vehicle, which allegedly took off upon their arrival. “The car took off on them before they made contact with them, so they conducted a felony stop on them,” Ingle said.
The driver of the vehicle, 18-year-old John Johnson of Ardmore, exited the truck wearing all black and changed his story several times, Ingle said.
Upon further investigation, officers allegedly found Johnson and a passenger in the vehicle, 18-year-old Colton Caldwell of Ardmore, to be in possession of over $3,000 worth of stolen property.
“They were found to be in possession of TVs and some other electronics,” Ingle said, adding that the property was later returned to the rightful owners at a location down the street.
Officers took Johnson and Caldwell into custody and seized as evidence masks and gloves that they had allegedly been wearing, Ingle said.
Johnson and Caldwell are now facing charges for knowingly concealing stolen property and burglary in the second degree, according to Carter County court documents filed Oct. 14.
On Oct. 13, a reporting party advised APD that someone had broken into their vacant rental home in the 900 block of NW Main Street, taking an estimated $300 worth of property. However, no suspects were located.
Two days later, on Oct. 15, two other separate locations were reportedly targeted during the early morning hours. The first was in the 1100 block of Hargrove Street NW, where property valued at $100 was reportedly stolen and the second was in the 400 block of 12th Ave NW, where around $500 of property was damaged when an individual allegedly tried to break in.
No suspects were identified in either case. Ingle said individuals should always keep their vehicles locked, as well as house windows and doors, and try to keep their homes well-lit at night.
“We’ve got too many people still leaving their vehicles unlocked and I’ve noticed that a lot of people don’t have their houses well-lit like I would suggest,” he said.