Burglarized Home Gets Hit Again By Washer, Dryer Thieves

By: Eames Yates; Valdosta Police Department Email
By: Eames Yates; Valdosta Police Department Email

By: Eames Yates
September 26, 2013

Valdosta, GA - The home of a Moody airman - burglarized and set on fire - has just been hit again.

This home at 2418 Deborah Drive has been quite the target over the last few weeks. Yesterday two men were arrested after a neighbor called cops saying they were taking a washing machine from the house.

The police report the two men, 26-year old Lawrence Parrish and 24-year old Cortez Howell, loaded the washing machine into a grey PT Cruiser around 1pm. The vehicle description was put out and officers spotted the vehicle on East Park Avenue and arrested the two men. A dryer was also recovered that had been taken from the home.

Earlier this month Charles Hawkins was arrested and accused of burglarizing the same home and setting it on fire.

Lt. Aarom Kirk, Valdosta Police Department: "I think the main thing we want to show here is neighborhood involvement. You know if a neighbor or someone hadn't called in and reported this you know it would have been just another report of a burglary and it may have been hard to track down who had stolen the items. But because someone took the time to call in suspicious activity we were able to stop them and put them in jail."

The Airmen and his family were not home during this burglary.
Officials say it was 'unlivable' after the fire destroyed it in the first burglary incident.


Press Release: Valdosta Police Department

On September 25, 2013, at approximately 12:51 PM the Valdosta Police Department responded to 2418 Deborah Drive in reference to a neighbor reporting two African American males removing a washing machine from the residence and placing it into a grey PT Cruiser.

The vehicle description was given out and officers who were en-route spotted the vehicle on E. Park Avenue.

The occupants, Lawrence Parrish and Cortez Howell, were identified and the washing machine was recovered. Detectives from the Valdosta Police Department Property Crimes Unit responded to investigate.

A clothes dryer that had been removed from the residence earlier was also recovered.

Parrish and Howell were arrested for burglary and they were transported to the Lowndes County Jail.

Anyone having any further information regarding this crime or any other crime is urged to contact the Valdosta Police Department at 229-293-3145 or can remain anonymous at 229-293-3091.


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