Serial burglar arrested

Published 12:03 am Wednesday, January 10, 2018

BCSO: Bay Minette man allegedly burgled several residences

After a short investigation, a man was arrested on burglary charges from residences and garages from Perdido to Bay Minette, according to the Baldwin County Sheriff’s Office.

According to a news release, the subject is identified as Lewis Lamar Clayton Jr., of Bay Minette, Capt. Stephen Arthur said.

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“These burglaries involved forced entry to residences or garages,” Arthur said. “On Jan. 2, 2018, game camera photographs were recovered from a victim’s residence off Highway 31 in the Bay Minette community, which showed a tall slender-built white male suspect.

“On Jan. 3, a law enforcement BOLO (be on the lookout call) was generated and forwarded to surrounding agencies in an attempt to identify the suspect,” he said. “Later on Jan. 3, Bay Minette Police officers observed a white male matching the description of the burglary suspect and performed a traffic stop on the subject.”

Arthur said Clayton was wearing the same clothing from the burglary in which he was captured by the game camera.

“Sheriff department investigators were notified of the contact with the suspect and responded to Bay Minette, where Clayton was interviewed regarding the recent burglaries,” he said. “During the interview, Clayton confessed to five reported burglaries, two unreported burglaries and a burglary in Nokomis that was committed earlier this same day (Jan. 3). During the interview, the suspect admitted to knocking on the doors of residences to ensure no one was home before forcing entry through a back or side door.”

Arthur said Clayton’s primary property targets were guns, TV’s and Christmas presents that were located under victims’ Christmas trees.

Arthur said as a result of the interview, Clayton has been charged with five counts of burglary III and is being held at the Baldwin County Correction’s Center under no bond.

Additionally, Clayton provided information regarding the locations of the stolen property from all of the offences, Arthur said.

BCSO investigators traveled to several residential and commercial locations and recovered 13 firearms, multiple items of lawn equipment, power tools and one television.

Attempts to identify additional victims will be made and could result in additional charges, Arthur said.

Those with additional information about Clayton, please contact Cpl. Rob Lindell at 251-972-8589, Option 2.