Six area residents have been arrested in connection with the recent vehicle and residential burglaries that have occurred in and around Effingham.
The arrests were made following a joint investigation by the Effingham Police Department, Effingham County Sheriff’s Office and the Altamont Police Department. Police arrested 18-year-old Bretley M. Langham of Altamont and 18-year-old Andrew D. Spelbring of St. Elmo, along with four juveniles from the Effingham, Altamont and Flora areas.
Investigators in this case said the residential and vehicle burglaries were committed at random and no one house or specific person had been targeted. Investigators also learned the motive for the burglaries was for money or property which would likely be traded or sold to purchase illegal narcotics.
As the investigation continues, police anticipate more arrests. Anyone with information regarding these burglaries or other crimes, is encouraged to call Crime Stoppers at 34SOLVE. Callers to the hotline can remain anonymous and tips leading to a felony arrest and conviction could receive up to $1,000.00.
As this investigation continues, area Law Enforcement agencies are encouraging everyone to secure their belongings, vehicles and residences to avoid becoming victims of a burglary. Effingham Police Chief Mike Schutzbach, Altamont Police Chief Alan Heiens and Effingham County Sheriff Dave Mahon would like to thank the victims and citizens of our communities for their patience and cooperation during this investigation.