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Arrests made in burglary case

By JOYANNA LOVE/ Managing Editor

Three suspects are in custody after a multi-agency investigation of multiple burglaries thought to be connected.

Kourtney Labarro Jones, 36, of Selma; Bardarious Jorkeise Hall, 27, of Selma and Tramaine Cardale Walter Sr., 30, of Jemison were arrested on burglary, theft and criminal mischief charges.

“It’s usually one small piece that falls into place that solves the puzzle in these kinds of cases,” Chilton County Sheriff John Shearon said. “We had spent many, many hours trying to catch these guys. In this case it was one small piece of video and some trash that started the puzzle coming together. Once we got those pieces, investigations worked almost around the clock until all three suspects were in custody. Unfortunately, we don’t always have immediate success, but we take folks’ homes being broken into, their privacy being violated, and what they worked for being stolen seriously. We will be contacting victims over the course of the next couple of weeks to identify property that we have recovered. It’s a slow process but we want to make sure that we are successful in taking these guys off the street.”

A series of residential burglary/thefts had been reported to CCSO in September 2020. These incidents were concentrated to two roads in Chilton County “all occurring randomly on the same day of the week,” according to the press release.

“Multiple firearms, electronics and jewelry were taken during these burglaries,” according to the release. “Investigators conducted surveillance of the areas several days with no success.”

Maplesville Police and CCSO deputies responded to a burglary in progress on AL Hwy 191 in the Isabella area on Feb. 9, 2021.

“A second burglary/theft was reported shortly afterwards on County Road 73, which was the second area the burglaries had been occurring,” according to the release

Although the suspects had fled before law enforcement arrived, a wireless surveillance system showed one of the suspects not wearing his mask which led to the arrests.

“On Feb. 10, 2021 the first suspect, Kourtney Labarro Jones, 36, of Selma was taken into custody on Burglary and Theft Charges,” according to a Chilton County Sheriff Office’s press release. “At the time of his arrest, Jones was wanted in three other Jurisdictions on felony Theft charges. Follow up investigation gave investigators probable cause to obtain a search warrant for a Selma residence. That search warrant was executed on the night of February 10, 2021. Investigators located a stolen firearm, seized a large quantity of crack cocaine, ecstasy tablets, clothing worn during the burglaries and identified the vehicle used in the Feb. 09, 2021 burglaries.”

The video footage showed that the suspects might be from Selma or Dallas County, so the footage was shared with the Dallas County Sheriff’s Office and Selma Police Investigators. They were able to identify one of the suspects.

Investigators were later able to identify Hall and Walter.

After obtaining a warrant, investigators searched Walter’s home and found property stolen from burglaries on Feb. 9.

“Investigation is ongoing and more charges are expected as investigators receive reports from different forensic examinations and are able to correlate all the evidence. The Sheriff’s Office was assisted by investigators from the Dallas County Sheriff’s Office, the Selma Police Department, the Clanton Police Department, the State Bureau of Investigation, and the Alabama Attorney General’s Office,” according to the Chilton County Sheriff’s Office.