Arrest may be tied to Baldwin County burglaries

A Loxley man is behind bars after police say they found stolen property in his home.

Investigators say his arrest is related to a string of burglaries in Baldwin County.

Jermal Flecha, 23, was arrested after a nearly 3 week investigation into a rash of car break-ins.

Lt. Doug Phillips says the crimes happened over a span of several weeks in Robertsdale and involved unattended or unlocked vehicles.

“We conducted a search warrant and found numerous electronic items including laptops, Ipod type-devices and several firearms that were stolen out of vehicles,” said Phillips.

Lt. Phillips says the most concerning part in this case is the stolen firearms, which can often get into the wrong hands. He says it’s important to always take vital items, including firearms, out of the car with you and always make sure to lock it before you walk away.

“The subjects are simply going inside the vehicle and taking what they can get. It’s mainly bags containing computers, firearms, wallets, watches or anything that’s left loose in vehicles,” Phillips said,” These guns hit the streets and they’re sold to the worst of the worst. That’s dangerous for everybody.”

Investigators are still trying to determine what role, if any, Flecha had in the actual burglaries and who was involved with him.

Flecha is facing four counts of receiving stolen property. He’s being held in the Baldwin County jail without bond.

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