The Fairhope Police Department arrested five Baldwin County residents in connection to vehicle burglaries in the Idlewild subdivision on Dec. 24. During the arrest, investigators recovered firearms, purses, computers, sunglasses, credit cards, keys, clothing, CD’s, jewelry, cell phones, sports equipment, backpacks, and various other items.
The department received a phone call at 2:50 a.m. on Dec. 24 reporting a suspicious person walking in the Idlewild Subdivision, which is near the intersection of Fairhope Avenue at State Highway 181.
When the suspicious person realized he had been seen by the citizen, he ran into nearby woods, prompting the call to police.
Fairhope Sgt. Wendell Thomas checked the area on foot and saw a subject get into a parked car and attempted to detain him, but the car drove away, but Officer Damian Rehorn saw the car leaving the neighborhood and stopped it.
Upon speaking to the occupants, officers learned that they had been stealing property from parked cars in the neighborhood, and recovered numerous items from the vehicle that the subjects had allegedly stolen. Fairhope Police Investigators immediately began attempting to determine where and from whom the items had been stolen.
Through their investigation, officers determined another suspect in the area, and Cpl. Mike Crittenden later located that suspect’s car and stopped it. The driver of the vehicle was the father of the suspect and was attempting to sneak that individual out of the area by hiding him in the trunk of the car.
Apparently, the last suspect saw the police activity and managed to contact his father to come retrieve him.
Those arrested in the initial stop were Loxley resident Lerinzer Xavier Watkins, 23, and Daphne residents Alexis Nicole Watkins and Khristen Leann Ranes, both age 18.
The suspects were each charged with one count of felony breaking and entering of a motor vehicle. They were booked at the Fairhope Municipal Jail.
Spanish Fort residents Ben Rodgers Lee Jr., 46, and Jacob Ryan Lee, 19, were arrested in the secondary stop. Ben, the father, was charged with one count of misdemeanor hindering prosecution.
His son Jacob was charged with a single count of felony breaking and entering of a motor vehicle.
However, according to police additional charges are possible as investigators continue to determine the identities of those who were victimized during the spree of vehicle burglaries.
Police are asking anyone who believes they recently had property stolen from the Fairhope area call the Fairhope Police Department’s Criminal Investigations Division at 251-928-2385.