A Smithville man has been arrested in a rash of recent home burglaries, vandalism, and thefts.
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28 year old Cory Alan Bradford of Love Lane, Smithville is charged by the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Department with nine counts of aggravated burglary, eight counts of theft, six counts of vandalism, and possession of burglary tools. The Smithville Police Department has charged Bradford with one count of aggravated burglary.
His bond on the charges against him by the sheriff’s department totals $137,500. He is also under a $10,000 bond on the Smithville Police Department charge against him. Bradford will make a court appearance on August 3.
Bradford is accused of breaking into homes on Lakeside Drive, Oak Drive, Lakeview Drive (3 homes), Lakeside Place, Puckett’s Point Road (2 homes), Blackberry Hill Road, and Riley Avenue between June 2 and July 20. TVs and other items were taken from several of the homes.
After identifying Bradford as a suspect in the cases, the three detectives of the sheriff’s department sought out Bradford for questioning. “ Two of the detectives were off duty at a business in town early in the morning on July 20 when they saw Bradford pass by. They had been looking for Bradford to trail him to see if they could find him with any of these TVS. When they saw Bradford pass by they got in their own cars and followed him to Highway 56 south to a business where he got out to meet someone. Bradford then pulled a TV out of the back of his vehicle. The detectives jumped out of their cars and took Bradford in for questioning. Bradford admitted to breaking into these places,” said Sheriff Patrick Ray.
The cases against Bradford are as follows:
*On June 2, Bradford allegedly entered a residence on Lakeside Drive and took a 60 inch Vizio TV, a Roku box, and a Dewalt Angle Grinder (valued at $820). He also allegedly vandalized a door and window ($2,000 in damage)
*On June 10, Bradford allegedly entered a residence on Oak Drive and took a 50 inch Emerson TV, 60 inch TV, 43 inch Vizio soundbar, and Ryobi Miter Saw (valued at $4,300). He also allegedly vandalized a door and window ($4,500 in damage)
*On June 11, Bradford allegedly entered a residence on Lakeview Drive and took a 42 inch Vizio TV (valued at $700) and vandalized a wall ($700 in damage)
* On June 11, Bradford allegedly entered a residence on Lakeview Drive and took a 50 inch Samsung TV, wall mount and assorted tools (valued at $760). He was also charged with possession of burglary tools after admitting to using a pry bar to gain entry to this residence and several other homes.
*On June 14, Bradford allegedly entered a residence on Lakeview Drive and took a 24 inch HD TV flat screen, a TV with a DVR player, several CDs, and an air compressor (valued at $500). He also allegedly vandalized a window ($200 in damage).
* On June 24, Bradford allegedly entered a residence on Lakeside Place and took a Sears Miter Saw, RCA DVD player, Polaroid DVD player, Play Station and socket set (valued at $440) and allegedly vandalized a door and frame ($800 in damage)
* On July 1, Bradford allegedly entered a residence on Puckett’s Point Road and took a 30 inch Phillips TV and a piggy bank (valued at $305)
*On July 16, Bradford allegedly entered a residence on Puckett’s Point Road and caused $200 damage.
*On July 19, Bradford allegedly entered a residence on Blackberry Hill Road and took a 50 inch Samsung TV
Bradford was arrested on Friday, July 21 in the case brought by the Smithville Police Department. He is charged with aggravated burglary due to his making a forced entry into the home of his victim on Thursday, July 20 on Riley Avenue. Upon investigation police discovered that Bradford entered the home with the intent to commit a felony theft but the victim was at home, heard the alarm going off, and called 911. Bradford had left the scene without taking anything before police arrived.
Sheriff Ray said the investigation continues and more charges are pending.