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Mobile couple accused in burglary spree

MOBILE (AP) — Authorities say a young Mobile couple suspected in more than 50 burglaries throughout Southwest Alabama used a network of acquaintances to store and sell the stolen goods.

Christopher Holley, 20, and Jessica Walker, 18, were driven in part by a desire for fun and excitement, Mobile police Deputy Chief James Barber said.

Walker was released on $19,000 bail and Holley was still being held at Mobile County Metro Jail on Monday, according to the online jail log. Jurisdictions across Mobile County have charged each of the two with at least 13 counts of third-degree burglary and unlawful breaking and entering a vehicle, police said.

Mobile police’s burglary unit has worked on the investigation for more than a month and six people have been arrested in addition to the couple.

The unit also has helped officers from Creola, Satsuma, McIntosh and the Mobile County Sheriff’s Office to close cases, Mobile police Sgt. Tina Zanca said.

In Mobile, the pair allegedly worked near where they lived at Walker’s parents home, Zanca said. Officials said the couple mostly targeted vehicles, taking iPods, purses, laptops and speakers.

Zanca said it’s unusual to find suspects with no prior criminal history linked to so many burglaries, especially since the pair claims not to have any of the drug addictions that often fuel burglary sprees.

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