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Raid uncovers stolen items
Police say 19-year-old linked to house burglaries, car break-ins in East Lawrence area

By Kristen Bishop
kbishop@decaturdaily.com · 340-2443

TRINITY — Lawrence Sheriff's Department investigators may have put an end to a rash of car break-ins and house burglaries that have plagued the East Lawrence area for the past three months.

During a search of a residence at 61 Lawrence County 357, Trinity, on Tuesday evening, investigators and deputies found loads of stolen property they believe came from about 20 burglaries in East Lawrence and Decatur.

Officers executed the search warrant after an informant told them there were stolen goods at the home of Tyler Love, 19, said Investigator Tim McWhorter. Love was already a "strong suspect" in the case before the tip, he said.

Love will likely face multiple theft charges; he is currently charged with possession of a controlled substance
for marijuana and illegal prescription pills found in his home, said McWhorter.

Love remained in the Lawrence County Jail on Wednesday afternoon. Bond had not been set.

There will likely be more arrests made, said McWhorter.

The stolen items, including about 15 purses, three guns and stereo equipment, covered the department's conference table, said McWhorter.

Also found in the house were interior car parts like sections of a dashboard.

Recent victims

Lawrence County Sheriff Gene Mitchell urged anyone who has been a recent victim of theft to call the Sheriff’s Department at 974-9291.

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