The Madisonville Police Department last week wrapped up a six-month investigation into a string of commercial burglaries with eight arrests.
Each of the suspects will face charges of engaging in organized criminal activity, a third-degree felony, according to Madisonville Police Chief Herbert Gilbert.
Those arrested were:
•Joseph Lee Cleveland
•Deomont Depree Crosby
•Christopher August Newman
•Robert David Plante
•Samantha Jane Thompson
Gilbert said the charge of engaging in organized criminal activity was chosen because of the combination of burglaries and thefts involved in the case were vastly different.
The MPD, since September, has been investigating burglaries and thefts of mostly businesses in the city of Madisonville.
“I’ve been noticing throughout the year, with officers taking the reports and investigating the thefts one at a time, that there was a pattern,” Gilbert said. “I had a meeting with the detective division, and made this a priority.”
The crimes were committed over a six-month period and involved the theft of more than $21,000 in items.
“There may be some we don’t know about,” Gilbert said. “The main ones were First Baptist Church, Standley Feed, and an $11,000 lawn mower was stolen from the Madisonville school district, which was recovered. We also recovered a truck stolen from Standley.”
He said the investigation is continuing.
“This is the kind of police force we’re trying to develop; when there’s work to be done, we will get it done,” Gilbert said. “The detective and patrol divisions did a good job with this whole situation.”
The warrant round-up was conducted by the Madisonville Police Department assisted by the Madison County Sherriff’s Office