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Shoplifting, accidents down over holiday

Published 12:22pm Tuesday, November 27, 2012

While food consumption and shopping certainly peaked over the holiday weekend, the Alexander City Police Department said there were no significant crimes over the Thanksgiving break.

“Since last Wednesday, we have had one breaking and entering, a burglary and an incident of discharging a firearm into an occupied dwelling,” said ACPD Lt. Jay Turner. “Overall, crime is down. It’s been quiet.”

Turner said those three crimes were the only felony cases to arise over the weekend. The incident involving the discharging of a firearm, Turner said, appears to be accidental.

As far as Black Friday was concerned, Turner said no shoplifting was reported from any stores. There was an incident last year, but Turner said some stores took extra precautions this year.

“Wal-Mart hired off-duty police officers to be there throughout Black Friday,” Turner said.

As far as the roads were concerned, Turner said there were no major incidents reported.

Statewide, the Alabama Department of Public Safety reported that they investigated six traffic deaths, including the death of a motorcyclist, from 6 p.m. Wednesday throughout midnight Sunday, Nov. 25.

The fatality accidents happened in Baldwin, Chilton, Conecuh, Etowah, Limestone and Mobile counties. Alcohol was not suspected as the culprit for any of the six accidents.
Seat belts were available for 5 of the 6 fatalities (excluding the motorcycle), but troopers say only 3 of those individuals were using them.

This year’s statewide fatalities are down from nine reported traffic deaths in 2011.

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