Cartersville police arrested Jeffrey Allan Lee, 25; Alex Stephen Durley, 25; and Santanna Courtney Poppell after the three were suspected of committing at least two burglaries in November and December. Burglaries and entering autos occurred at Complete Cash, 721 Joe Frank Harris Parkway; Title Pawn Advantage, 743 Joe Frank Harris Parkway; Cartersville Muffler, 747 Joe Frank Harris Parkway; Hilltop Liquors, 318 N. Dixie Ave.; Grand China Restaurant, 416 Grassdale Road; Best China Restaurant, 12 Euharlee Road; and Cruz Auto, 1212 N. Tennessee St.
Cartersville police, according to a December press release, also were investigating a vehicle taken from the lot of the Kangaroo Convenience Store at 902 Joe Frank Harris Parkway. A fourth suspect was later arrested.
Lee, Durley and Poppell were arrested after attempting to cash a check stolen from one of the businesses at Century Bank on East Main Street. The suspects then went to Family Credit Union on Old Mill Road and were arrested, according to the CPD report.
On Tuesday, Durley entered guilty pleas before Superior Court Judge Suzanne Smith to a 30-count indictment that included multiple commissions of the crimes of entering an automobile to commit theft; second-degree burglary; and forgery in the fourth degree; along with other named criminal offenses.
He was sentenced to 40 years, to serve the first 12 incarcerated. The remainder of his sentence will be served on probation and he will be required to pay restitution exceeding $20,000 while on probation.
Additionally, Lee was also sentenced by Smith for his participation in 20 criminal offenses contained in the same indictment. He was sentenced to 30 years, to serve the first eight years incarcerated. Lee will serve the remaining balance on probation and be required to pay restitution exceeding $15,000 while on probation.