14x burglar with no jail time charged again

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) - Authorities in Tuscaloosa County say a man who pleaded guilty to 14 burglary and theft charges in 2001 but did not serve any prison time has been charged with burglary again.

Tuscaloosa County Sheriff's deputies say they found a house full of what they believe are stolen items while serving two burglary warrants against 36-year-old Walter Melton on Monday. FBI investigators recommended that Melton receive probation after he pleaded guilty to those charges and helped implicate others involved in a multi-state operation.

District Attorney Chris Hargett says the FBI recommended that Melton receive an eight-year suspended sentence with five years of probation and the DA's office agreed.

Sheriff Ted Sexton says Melton could be responsible for about 300 burglaries, judging from the amount of property recovered from the home.

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