Recently, an Albany burglary suspect was captured a few hours after a lookout had been issued for him.
25-year-old Lamont Eugene Tyler was wanted in connection with a burglary that took place at 2609 Gillionville Road back on August 14.
According to reports, there were several items of electronics stolen as well as some shoes. Mr. Tyler had an active warrant for theft by receiving stolen property.
He was arrested at around 3:00 PM. He was already at the Dougherty County Jail for a drug test as part of his probation when the staff there found out that he was wanted by the Albany Police Department (APD). Consequently, he was booked into the jail.
This is being hailed as a victory by the APD and another proof of the crime prevention measures being undertaken in Albany to clean up its streets.
Interestingly, the APD is expanding its bike patrols to make some neighborhoods safer.
Everyday, two to three bike officers ride through the neighborhoods.
Not too long ago, they were in the Cherry Avenue area patrolling and talking to residents.
Officers say the bikes allow them a better view than what they get from patrol cars and people are more willing to talk with them.
Officer Waquanza Mukes explained, “We have people walking up to us, asking questions and talking to us. And it’s a good way to interact with the community.”
Likewise, Officer Demetrious Kendrick revealed, “With the bicycles you don’t hear us coming until we’re up on you. We can ride down alleys, little crack and turns, woods.”
The officers say it’s a hot job, but they enjoy the patrols and believe they help fight crime.