The days leading up to and beyond the Thanksgiving holiday proved eventful for the Martin Police Department as several residences were reportedly the target of burglaries.
According to a press release, officers responded to an alleged break-in at the 200 block of The Reserve apartment complex Sunday afternoon.
Around 1:30 that day officers met with the victims at that location for a report of an undisclosed amount of property taken from the residence. According to a release, forced entry was gained into the home and internal damage was sustained to all of the rooms.
Around 2:48 p.m. officers were called to the 400 block of the apartment complex in response to another alleged break-in.
Interior damage was reportedly sustained in the residence and forced entry was gained into the home. An undisclosed amount of property was also reportedly taken from that residence.
MPD officers have arrested 19-year-old Douglas Jackson of Apt. 801 of The Reserve in connection with the alleged break-ins.
He is charged with six counts of aggravated burglary, six counts of theft of property and vandalism.
In related news, officers responded to a home on Mill Street around 2:10 Sunday afternoon in reference to an alleged burglary. Forced entry was observed and damage was sustained inside the home, according to the release.
Later that day, around 7 p.m., officers were called to a home on Barnett Street for a residential burglary. There was evidence of a break-in at the home and officers did observe a point of entry, the release noted.
During investigation of the incident at Barnett Street, officers discovered another home in the neighborhood was the target of a burglary. The victim told officers an undetermined amount of cash was reportedly taken from the home.
All of the burglaries are under investigation and no arrests had been made as of press time.
In other news, multiple incidents that reportedly took place Tuesday and Wednesday prior to Thanksgiving are under investigation.
At 6:40 p.m. Tuesday, officers responded to a burglary in progress at Peach Tree Apartments. According to a release, the victim heard a noise in his living room and upon investigation, he reportedly saw a black male running from his residence with his computer.
The victim chased the apparent suspect and told officers he saw him get into a red or maroon vehicle occupied by another black male. Both the victim and his roommate were reportedly missing personal items, according to the release.
MPD officers are also investigating a one-vehicle crash, which occurred on South Avenue at approximately 11:30 Tuesday evening. When officers arrived, they reportedly found a red 1992 Chevy Equinox upside down and resting on the retaining wall of Oak Grove Baptist Church with one individual trapped inside and two other individuals lying on the grass beside the vehicle, according to the release. The three victims were transported to Volunteer Community Hospital. The incident remains under investigation.
Officers were called to 3J’s convenience store on Elm Street shortly after 7 p.m. Tuesday in reference to an alleged assault.
Witnesses told officers they saw several male subjects attacking another individual. All of the apparent participants had left the scene before officers arrived, according to the release. Around 10:30 that evening, the department was called to Volunteer Community Hospital where the victim, Christopher Gardner of Martin, told officers three black males jumped him. Gardner reportedly sustained a laceration above his right eye, the release noted. The incident is still under investigation.
In a related incident, officers were called to Meadowbrook Drive around 9:25 that evening in reference to a fight in progress. Witnesses told officers there was a physical altercation outside of a residence on Meadowbrook Drive involving multiple subjects and possibly weapons, according to the release. Three to four subjects were reportedly seen leaving the scene in a beige Chevrolet and the other individuals went inside a home. Upon speaking with the possible participants, they told officers a physical altercation had allegedly taken place, but no weapons were involved. The incident is still under investigation.
In unrelated news, officers have arrested 20-year-old Bradley Jackson for possession of Schedule VI with intent and unlawful drug paraphernalia. According to an incident report, officers saw Jackson wearing dark pants and a dark jacket and carrying a green backpack walking along East Street Wednesday afternoon. The report cited Jackson looked suspicious and attempted to avoid a patrolman by crossing the backyards of homes. When the patrolman made contact with Jackson, he reportedly did not have the green backpack. A second officer found the backpack, which apparently contained schoolwork with Jackson’s name on it. Officers also allegedly found approximately seven ounces of a green, leafy substance, believed to be marijuana. During a pat down, the report noted a set of scales believed to be used to weigh marijuana fell out of Jackson’s pants.