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Burglary suspect arrested after ransom call

ANDALUSIA (AP) — Police arrested a burglary suspect in Andalusia after he stole credit cards and demanded a $500 ransom for their return.

Officers responding to an alarm at the Andalusia Co-Op found the burglar had fled but had dropped personal items belonging to the owner of another nearby business.

As the officers investigated the burglary at the Co-Op, the second victim received a call from the suspect saying the victimís family would be harmed and the items wouldnít be returned if $500 was not placed at a designated location.

The officers arranged a money drop and placed the area was under police surveillance. They spotted the suspect jogging toward the drop minutes later and he was arrested after a short foot chase.

The suspectís name was not released.

Police Chief Wilbur Williams told the Andalusia Star-News that the arrest could solve several of the recent burglaries that have occurred in the downtown area.

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