By Danza Johnson/NEMS Daily Journal
VERONA – Police expect two weekend arrests are to solve at least two burglaries in Verona.
Verona Police Chief Leo Mask said Rodney Bradley, 25, of 120 Anthony St. is charged with burglary of a dwelling for allegedly breaking into a home on Dec. 20 and stealing several items, including the family’s Christmas gifts.
Mask said tips from the community led to Bradley’s arrest by Lee County Sheriff’s deputies on Friday.
In a separate incident, police arrested Bobby Pickens Roberson, 46, of 401 Anthony St. in connection with a break-in of the Dollar General Store in Verona on Feb. 2.
Mask said several cell phones and other items were taken during that burglary. He is charged with burglary of a commercial business.
Even though burglaries are a problem for Verona, Mask said it’s much deeper than just people breaking into things.
“Both of these suspects were trying to feed a drug habit,” said Mask. “We see that a lot in burglaries. People are hooked on drugs and try to get money any way they can. That’s why we work so hard to try to take drugs off the streets. The less drugs on the streets, the fewer problems we have in the community.”