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Hutchens: Portal IGA burglar captured a year after crime

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Posted: August 26, 2008 7:15 p.m.
Updated: September 10, 2008 5:00 a.m.
Hutchens: Portal IGA burglar captured a year after crime

Patrick Lavon Allen


    Fugitive squad agents captured a man police said is responsible for a burglary in Portal last October, as well as several other burglary incidents in the region.
    Patrick Lavon Allen, 32, is not only wanted for breaking into Lanier's IGA last year, but is wanted in Swainsboro for burglary and could be linked to other burglary incidents in Candler and Johnson counties, said Bulloch County Sheriff's Capt. Todd Hutchens.
    Allen is suspected to be involved in other Bulloch County area burglaries and is also wanted on a parole violation, he said.
    United States Marshal Fugitive Squad agents picked Allen up in Clayton County Monday, he said. Bulloch County Sheriff's deputies will pick Allen up today and transport him back to Bulloch County, where he faces burglary charges.
    Last October, the Bulloch County Sheriff's Department assisted the Portal Police Department in the investigation of the grocery store break-in, he said.
    Portal Police Chief Jason Sapp said Allen disabled an alarm at the store , unscrewed light bulbs and broke in through  the back door, taking an undisclosed amount of cash.
    IGA owner Larry Lanier said Tuesday he is pleased about Allen's capture.
    "I'm real proud they got him," he said. "He's a career criminal."
    According to the Georgia Department of Corrections Internet web site (www.dcor.state.ga.us) Allen has a history of burglary convictions.
    He was released from Richmond County Correctional Institute in July 2006 after serving five years and eight months of a 14-year sentence. He was convicted in 1999 of a burglary charge in Jefferson County (incident occurring May 21) and of two Emanuel County burglary charges (May 19, 1999 and Aug. 14, 1998).
    Allen also served time for Bulloch County burglary charges stemming from incidents taking place Jan. 8, 1994 and Jan. 14, 1994, according to the web site. He served a number of terms in prison, including four months of the five-year sentences for the 1994 Bulloch County burglary charges.
    Hutchens said Allen faces various charges in other counties, and should he post bond after arriving at the Bulloch County Jail, will not be released but will be transported to other counties where there are warrants for his arrest.
    Eventually he will end up facing a parole board hearing. Warrants for his arrest for parole violation were issued after the parole board learned Allen was wanted for burglary charges in several counties, he said.
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