Posted: Monday, June 30, 2008 9:46 pm
The Messenger. 06.30.08 Four juveniles have so far been charged in connection with last week’s theft of fireworks from a storage building in Fulton. Early Wednesday, a group of juveniles and adults allegedly broke into a storage building at 311 Walnut St. in Fulton, where the building was utilized as storage for fireworks for a fireworks stand, according to a press release from the Fulton Police Department. The suspects apparently forced entry from the rear of the building and removed a large amount of merchandise. The burglary was reported to police about 7:40 p.m. Wednesday, with the fireworks owner, Brent Greer, reporting that several cases of fireworks — valued at several thousand dollars — were missing from the inventory. Thursday morning, Fulton Police Department investigators located the majority of the fireworks at a residence in east Fulton. After several interviews, authorities placed four juveniles into custody. They were charged with either receiving stolen property over $300 and/or third-degree burglary. Their names have not been disclosed by police. Police said investigators interviewed four other adult men and each of them submitted voluntary statements. Based on those statements, investigators will be placing charges on the four adults after conferences with the county attorney. Fulton Assistant Police Chief and public information officer Jere Hughes said the Fulton Police Department is appreciative of the support of citizens of the community, the suspects’ family members, the suspects and the victims in this matter. Hughes said as of Friday, each known perpetrator involved in the crime “has realized the error of their choices and has voluntarily come to authorities and submitted statements.” The case remains under investigation.