This past Thursday, six cars were broken into in the early hours of the morning in Satsuma. The area has been plagued by a rash of break ins the past few months. According to Fox 10 News, police made an arrest on Friday morning in connection with the Thursday break ins. Twenty-three year old Tony Ryals was arrested, and confessed to all six break ins. Ryals lives on the same block as the victims.
Among the items stolen were GPS devices, jewelry, purses, and credit cards. Many of the items have been recovered. The cars that Ryals broke into were unlocked at the time of the robbery. As a precaution, citizens should keep their car doors locked. Some believe this only entices criminals to break windows in order to steal, but it may deter some thieves who are just looking for easy money.
Satsuma Police Chief Chris McLean told Fox 10 that the burglaries committed by Ryals are not linked to the ones that have been occurring all over north Mobile. A special task force has been investigating that case, and there are several suspects being looked at. Arrests are expected soon.
Crime typically goes up in a rough economy. With jobs hard to come by, many turn to crime to make easy money. This is particularly true with younger adults, like the 23 year old Ryals. To make matters worse, a poor economy brings lower revenue to state and local governments, who in turn have to cut back on state workers like police officers. In a time when more officers are needed on the streets, we end up with less.