Suspect Arrested in Pawn Shop, Oil Change Burglary
An 18-year-old suspect has been arrested in connection with a Hudson Bridge Road pawn shop burglary, and investigators are now working to identify a second suspect also implicated in a similar crime.
Both the Eagle’s Landing Gun and Pawn and the Eagle’s Landing Oil Change, located in the same business strip across from the Walgreens pharmacy on Hudson Bridge Road, were burglarized over the weekend of June 24. According to police reports, someone made entry into the businesses using a crowbar.
Ulises Soto was arrested in connection with the Sunday morning, June 25, pawn shop crime. Soto, who lives in an apartment complex off Hudson Bridge Road, is facing charges of burglary, possession of cocaine and obstruction. He was booked into the Henry County Jail on June 27 and posted bond later the same day.
He is reportedly cooperating with the investigation into the burglary at the oil change business, which is reported to have occurred at about the same time.
“Soto identified a subject that was with him and who is believed to have been in the oil change shop,” said Henry County police spokesman Capt. Mike Ireland in an email. “(The) detective is still trying to verify identity on that subject.”
The owner of Eagle’s Landing Oil Change called police early last week when he returned to work to discover two pry bars and a flashlight missing from his shop. Similar tools were reportedly used to break into the pawn shop.
Police say the suspects are not believed to be the same responsible for a string of burglaries at Hudson Bridge Road businesses in recent months.
“At this time it does not appear there is a connection,” said Ireland.
In April, a crowbar-wielding burglar was recorded on video surveillance breaking into at least seven businesses along Hudson Bridge Road and in surrounding areas. Victims included Dunkin’ Donuts and The Bridge Grill and Oyster Bar, as well as pizza delivery shops, gas station convenience stores and dry cleaners.
Police said in April that they “believe the cases are related, to include a few cases from Clayton County.”
A description has not been released for the suspect in the April crimes as “it is still an open investigation,” Ireland said.
This article, by Chelsea Prince, originally appeared on henryherald.com