A Trion man has been arrested by the Chattooga County Sheriff’s Department and has been charged in a string of convenience store burglaries. Twenty-five year old Brandon Lamar Smith was booked into the Chattooga County jail on several counts of burglary.
The most recent burglary took place in neighboring Cherokee County, Alabama. According to a press release from the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Department, Smith is wanted in that county for the burglary of a Gaylesville convenience store on Saturday, January 22, 2010. The Cherokee County Sheriff’s Department says that Smith stole cartons of cigarettes and snuff from the Gaylesville 4-Way Stop Store. Smith reportedly admitted to the crimes when he was interviewed by Cherokee County Investigators who came to the Chattooga County Jail on Tuesday.
Chattooga County Sheriff John Everett told AM 1180 on Tuesday afternoon that Smith is being held for the burglaries at the Crossroads Store located at the intersection of Mahan Road and Highway 48 and for a burglary at the Kangaroo Mart located in the Gore Community on Highway 27. Sheriff Everett said that he believes Smith had someone with him at the Crossroads Store when the two reportedly broke out a front glass to obtain access to the store.
Sheriff Everett also told AM 1180 that investigators from the Walker County Sheriff’s Department are interested in talking with Smith about burglaries in the LaFayette area. The Sheriff also said that Smith has provided information regarding a break-in at Wire Tech located on Highway 48 between Summerville and Menlo late last year.