Kelly Gene Warren, 36, is charged with numerous counts of burglary and attempted burglary, following break-ins during a three-day period March 10-12.
Warren’s attorney, public defender John Howe, told Judge Dennis Blackmon Friday that he needed more time with the case, and that he would like a continuance until the Dec. 3 jury trial calendar.
Blackmon granted the continuance, with no opposition from the state.
According to Capt. Chris Dobbs of the Carrollton Police Department, the burglaries began on that Saturday in March at area businesses and at two city recreation department buildings and continued through the following Monday, when break-ins occurred at two county government buildings.
“During the early morning hours on Monday, a break-in occurred at the Carroll County Commissioners Office and Tag Office,” said Capt. Jeff Richards of the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office at the time of Warren’s arrest. “The suspect, wearing gloves and a ski mask, was seen moving through the building rummaging through offices and leaving just prior to the officers’ arrival. ... A few minutes later, the Carrollton Police Department received an alarm at the Little Hawaiian restaurant.”
Richards said that nothing highly valuable was stolen from the county annex, and that it appears that after leaving the building, the suspect headed on foot to Little Hawaiian where he tried unsuccessfully to gain entry.
“The sheriff’s office got involved because it’s a county building,” Richards said. “He rummaged through some desk drawers. It was nothing more than a crime spree from an individual who appears to be involved with drugs.”
It was also discovered that there was an attempted burglary of the old courthouse on Newnan Street, which had been recently vacated for the move to the new courthouse.
Because officers thought the break-ins were connected, Richards said the joint task force was created to find the suspect involved. The agencies compared their lists of evidence and possible suspects, and then worked together to follow their leads. It was only a few hours he said, before an arrest was made.
“[He] was taken into custody around 1 p.m.,” Richards said in a press release. “A search of [Lakeview Paradise Apartments] where he was located, resulted in the discovery of [laptop computers] taken in the city’s [recreation] burglaries and clothing seen in the videos of the county’s burglaries. Another person was taken into custody at this residence for outstanding warrants unrelated to the weekend crime spree.”
The Carroll County Sheriff’s Office has charged Warren with the burglary of the county annex on College Street, a prior burglary of Whitesburg Elementary School, and another recent burglary of the Stop-N-Shop on Shady Grove Road. He is charged with the attempted burglary of the old courthouse.
“Warrants have been taken on the burglary at Whitesburg Elementary School,” he said. “Warren had been a suspect in the burglary of [the school], however it was not until his arrest that evidence was found to substantiate the charge of burglary. Also discovered during Warren’s arrest [was] evidence to link Warren to the recent burglary at the Stop-N-Shop.”
The Carrollton Police Department has charged Warren with the burglary of Lake Carroll Auto Sales, Vallarta Mexican Restaurant, Lather’s Access Technology and the Lakeshore and East Carrollton Recreation Centers, as well as the attempted burglary of Little Hawaiian.
Richards said that Warren is also a person of interest in the theft of a wrecker stolen from the front of Allen’s Automotive, which is next door to Vallarta Mexican Restaurant on Bankhead Highway.