Atmore man arrested on multiple criminal mischief charges for breaking windows of downtown businesses

Published 10:36 am Monday, December 11, 2023

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An Atmore man was arrested Dec. 10 on multiple criminal mischief charges, according to officials.


Atmore Police Department Public Information Officer Sgt. Darrell McMann said Shawn Brown, 43, was charged with 11 counts of criminal mischief I and one count of burglary III.

McMann said the arrest stemmed after APD officers responded to the 100 block of South Main Street in reference to several businesses with broken windows.

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“Responding officers found numerous front windows damaged or shattered at We Care, Lance’s Outlet, Hawt Mess Boutique, Encore/Strand Theatre, The Tot Shop, Atmore News, Atmore Flower Shop, Williams Station Embroidery and two vacant storefronts,” McMann said.

McMann said the on-call investigator and the shift sergeant were able to view surveillance footage from several of the stores, and were able to positively identify Brown as the person responsible for damaging the windows.

“As officers were searching for Brown, they learned he was in a vacant building in the 200 block of West Louisville Avenue,” McMann said. “Brown was discovered inside the building and was taken into custody. Brown broke a window pane to the front door, unlocked the door and entered the building. He then damaged several walls.”

Brown was then transported to the Escambia County Detention Center in Brewton.