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Three arrested for Auburn car break-ins

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Three arrested in Auburn are accused of breaking into at least one car along Frazier Street Sunday, police announced Tuesday. Three arrested in Auburn are accused of breaking into at least one car along Frazier Street Sunday, police announced Tuesday.

Auburn police have made more arrests following a string of car break-ins, authorities announced Tuesday.

Sherif Buchannon, DeAnthony Greer, and Ostiono Young, were arrested late Sunday after police responded to a reported car break-in and theft in the 400 block of Fraizer Street. Responding officers located the three teens and found them in possession of items taken from a park 2006 Subaru Legacy.

Buchannon, 18; Greer, 19; and Young, 18, all of Auburn, were charged with unlawful breaking and entering of a motor vehicle. Buchannon was also charged with third degree theft of property. All three were taken to the Lee County Jail where Buchannon was given a $4,000 bond, Greer a $3,000 bond and Young a $6,000 bond.

Sunday's incident is just one in a string of reported car break-ins this summer in Auburn, Opelika and throughout Lee County.

In March, Opelika police released surveillance images of a red pickup truck believed to have been driven by a car break-in suspect.

After numerous localized break-ins, Opelika police issued a warning to residents in June to lock up their cars and remove expensive electronics.

"We would believe a large percentage of these breaking and entering cases would not be necessary if everyone locked their doors," Opelika Police Department Captain Shane Healy said on June 2. On that date, investigators were looking into eight break-ins, most of which had happened in neighborhoods along Waverly Parkway.

By June 18, Auburn and Opelika authorities had developed at least one person of interests following countywide break-ins. That man had been caught on camera after a reported vehicle break-in on Ocelola Court.

Another individual was caught on camera in late July. In that incident, a homeowner's surveillance system caught a man going through her car, which was parked on her driveway.

Last week, the Lee County Sheriff's Department released a video showing numerous individuals walking down a dark street and trying to open car doors. That video was taken along Lee Road 728.

Authorities have not publicly connected any of the cases but are continuing to urge residents to lock their vehicles and hide valuables while the cases remain under investigation.

James Brierton

James joined WRBL News 3 with experience from CNN, NBC News and his own hyper-local news site. He manages the WRBL News 3 Web desk. More>>

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