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Police arrest two, recover $3K of loot

Published 11:57am Friday, August 9, 2013

The Alexander City Police Department arrested two individuals in connection with a recent burglary.
Police arrested Brandon Riggins, 19, and Akeem Russell, 22, and charged both with third degree burglary and first degree theft of property Wednesday.
ACPD Detective Cpl. Michael Howell said the arrests occurred when an off-duty officer noticed Riggins in a vehicle Wednesday afternoon.
“Yesterday an off-duty officer saw Brandon Riggins, who we had warrants on, in a vehicle. The officer called it in to Cpl. Luther Nichols in patrol,” Howell said. “Nichols stopped the vehicle, and when he did, he noticed there were several items in the car that looked like potential stolen property.”
Riggins had a warrant for criminal possession of a forged instrument, a Class C felony.
Howell, detective Erin McWaters, and Capt. Tommy Lovett of the department’s detective division arrived at the scene and discovered property in the vehicle, including gold jewelry and a laptop, that were reported stolen in a recent burglary in the 3000 block of Dobbs Road.
“There was a safe in the vehicle, and after examining it, we were able to locate a possible victim in the case that had some stuff stolen,” Howell said. “We went to their address and determined their house had been broken into.”
Howell said the property was valued at $3,100 by the victim.
Riggins was also charged with possession of marijuana second degree and possession of a controlled substance.
Russell was also charged with using a false identity to obstruct justice, possession of a controlled substance, failure to appear (seat belt) and failure to appear (driver’s license suspended).