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Two charged with breaking into autos

Two Alabama residents have been arrested after allegedly stealing guns and laptops from trucks on Lafayette Parkway in late July and early August. Larica Yelder, of Auburn, and Martez Williams, of Montgomery, allegedly broke truck windows and stole guns from hotel parking lots on July 20 and Aug. 5, according to LaGrange Police Department Det. Brian Brown.

Police tracked a license plate of a suspected vehicle from the July incident and found an address in Auburn, Alabama, according to Brown. After the second incident occurred, police tracked a second suspicious vehicle back to Auburn.

Brown said after searching both vehicles, they recovered several firearms and laptops.

“I personally believe they were targeting pickup trucks for the purpose of the firearms,” Brown said. “But there were laptops taken as well, and I think that was just because they were there.”

Brown said Walters was found in Montgomery and has outstanding charges in Montgomery County. Walters was arrested Aug. 13 and is serving his sentence in Alabama, Brown said.

Yelder was booked in Troup County Jail Aug. 18 and was charged with eight counts of entering auto, according to Troup County Jail arrest/release records. Her bonds totaled $16,000, and she bonded out Monday.

Brown said during the investigation, they discovered that Walters had also committed similar crimes at hotels in Columbus, Fairburn and College Park.

Brown said anyone who may have been the victim of one of these crimes and hasn’t contacted police should come forward.

“In this case, [Walters and Yelder] were busting out the windows, but (people should) make sure they keep their valuables secured in the trunk,” Brown said.