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Public’s help lead to arrest in multiple vehicle break-ins

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22-year-old Justin Burkart is charged with 10 counts of Unlawful Breaking and Entering a vehicle 22-year-old Justin Burkart is charged with 10 counts of Unlawful Breaking and Entering a vehicle
Picture captured from home surveillance camera Picture captured from home surveillance camera
BIRMINGHAM, AL -

The Helena Police Department has made an arrest in the case of vehicle break-ins around the city.

22-year-old Justin Burkart was arrested and charged with 10 counts of Unlawful Breaking and Entering a Vehicle.

On the morning of Thursday, March 14, Helena Police said Burkart went through the Fieldstone subdivision, Jackson Square subdivision, Ashley Brook subdivision and Brandywine subdivision and removed property from unlocked vehicles.

A resident in the area captured a picture of a white male suspect from a home surveillance camera and turned it over to Helena Police.

The picture from the surveillance was posted on the Helena Police Department Facebook page and sent out to local news media. Within house, police received tips identifying Burkart as the suspect in the picture.

Helena Police located Burkart at his place of employment and took him into custody.

Burkart gave officers a full confession and led them to the location of the stolen items.

Helena Police said Burkart's confession also led them to a suspect in another case involving damaged yards in the Fieldstone subdivision.

Burkart is currently being held in the Shelby County Jail where his bond is set at $50,000.

Helena Police Detective, C. Rollan, said this case stresses the need to keep your vehicle locked.

"Once again, this case highlights the importance of locking vehicles and not leaving valuables within plain sight, inside the vehicle" said Rollan.

The Helena Police Department said the public's help was key in solving this case.   

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