According to Chief Jason Busby, the first incident took place at an apartment in Talladega Downs. The victims told investigators they went to bed around 2 a.m. Thursday, after making sure that all doors and windows were locked. When they woke up about four hours later, the back door was open and the Christmas gifts were gone.
Among the items reported stolen were a $50 V-Tech children’s computer, two toy cameras, two toy cell phones, two doll sets, a doll, a turtle stand, three outfits for adult women valued at $40 each, a bottle of men’s perfume valued at $5, a fountain, a set of bathtub stackers and a baby book.
Since the back door does not appear to have been forced, the victims told investigators they believe someone may have been hiding in the apartment before they went to sleep.
Although there were no suspects in the case as of Friday afternoon, Busby said that whoever was eventually arrested would face more serious charges because the residents were home at the time of theft. Burglary in the second degree carries a penalty of up to 20 years in prison upon conviction.
The second break-in under investigation took place between 6:30 p.m. and 9 p.m. Thursday on the 20 block of Martin Luther King Drive.
Busby said the house had been ransacked and about $2,000 worth of jewelry was missing, but as of Friday a detailed list was not available.
Anyone with information about either of these incidents should contact the Talladega Police Department at 256-362-4508 or call the anonymous tip line at 256-299-0011.