3 confess to string of Troy business burglaries

3 confess to string of Troy business burglaries

TROY, AL (WSFA) - The Troy Police Department has arrested three men in connection to several business burglaries dating back to Dec. 7.

Riley Mason Eiland, 19, Jeffery Barrett Bush, 19, and Javaris Deshad Samuel, 18, have been arrested and transported to the Pike County Jail following confessions in the investigation.

An investigation started after Troy police responded to an early morning business alarm at Step N Style on U.S. Hwy. 231. On scene, they found broken glass, then, while securing that business, found that the Pawn Express business next door had also been damaged in an attempted break-in.

A third business, Jim Whaley Tires, reported a burglary a short time later after discovering someone had smashed a window and stolen property from inside.

Investigators reviewed security video that showed three unidentified men connected to the tire store crime. Authorities were also able to get a vehicle description. The next day two alert investigators riding through a local apartment complex saw a parked vehicle similar to the one in the security video.

After finding the owner of the vehicle, officers recovered two coolers, one on the back seat and one in the trunk. Eiland, Bush, and Samuel each confessed to the tire store burglary, while two confessed to the pawn shop and style shop crimes, as well as a fourth incident that had not yet been reported to police.

Investigators recovered all the stolen property and returned the items to their owners.

Eiland and Bush were charged with two counts of third-degree burglary and one count of third-degree attempted burglary. Samuel was charged with one count of third-degree burglary.

More charges could be pending in this case if the property owner decides to sign warrants.

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