The Fairhope Police Department received reports of two residential burglaries near County Road 24 and US Highway 98, on Monday, May 11.
During the burglaries, a suspect stole a camera, money, jewelry, a video game system and computer components.
Responding officers learned that neighbors had seen a male with a backpack on several occasions walking in the area. After speaking to the victims of the burglaries, Officer Andrew Babb was checking the area and observed a male walking on County Road 24. The suspect matched the description provided, so Officer Babb detained him. Upon indentifying the male, Donald Delaune, 20, officers conducted a routine computer check and learned that he had an outstanding arrest warrant. Delaune was arrested for the warrant.
Inside the backpack Delaune was carrying, the officers discovered a bottle of whiskey and several items of property, including items that matched what had been stolen in the recent burglaries. Delaune was then additionally charged with minor in possession of alcohol and the possession of stolen property.
On May 12 and May 13, two additional residential burglaries were reported in the same area. In those cases, the victims stated that the crimes had occurred in the days prior to actually being reported. They reported the loss of money, a camera, video games, a video game system, and video game components. Investigators matched the items these victims were reporting stolen to other items found in Delaune’s possession.
The total value of the stolen property was estimated at approximately $2,500.
Delaune was booked into the Fairhope Municipal Jail for the warrant, minor in possession of alcohol, and receiving/possessing stolen property in the second degree. His bond will be set after being transferred to the Baldwin County Corrections Center in Bay Minette.
The Fairhope Police Department encourages residents to report any crime to the police as soon as it is discovered and to report suspicious activity immediately.