VPD: Man burglarized home, sold items to salvage company

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By: WCTV Eyewitness News
February 12, 2018

VALDOSTA, Ga. (WCTV) -- A man is facing felony burglary and theft charges after police say he burglarized a Valdosta home while the owner was away and then tried to sell the stolen items to a salvage company.

Just after 3 p.m. on Friday, the Valdosta Police Department received an anonymous call reporting that someone was stealing property out of a neighbor’s home in the 800 block of Lausanne Drive. The caller said that the resident was not expected to be back home for several days and that no one was supposed to be at the residence.

Officers arrived on scene and began investigating.

VPD made contact with a small salvage business who advised that they had paid an agreed-upon sum of money with a man to go through the residence and collect whatever property they could use and resell. The salvage company said that the man had a key to the residence and nothing appeared out of the ordinary. The man in question was no longer on scene when officers arrived.

Through the investigation, VPD officers contacted the homeowner who said that no one had been given permission to enter her house and sell off her property.

The homeowner was able to identify a former acquaintance, 33-year-old Robin Evans, as the possible suspect in this case.

Officers located Evans and identified him as the man who attempted to illegally sell the property to the salvage company.

All of the property was put back in the residence by the salvage company while Evans was taken into custody.

VPD Lieutenant Adam Bembry said, "The Valdosta Police Department is grateful to the anonymous caller who phoned in the initial complaint. Neighbors looking out for each other and contacting police is essential to keeping crime in check."

Evans is being held in the Lowndes County Jail on felony charges of burglary, theft by taking, and theft by deception.