On Wednesday, November16, 2022, during the early morning hours, officers with the Dothan Police Department located a wanted felon, Chrisdeon Sanquez Byrd, 24 years old of Dothan. Byrd was wanted for several outstanding warrants related to the Burglary of Money Mizer Pawn and Jewelry on August 12, 2022, in which multiple guns were stolen. Byrd was the last of four suspects to be taken into custody for this crime. He has been evading apprehension since the time of the crime. It was determined Byrd had committed multiple crimes throughout the city while being on the run.
In addition to his outstanding warrants, Byrd has now received the following additional charges:
1 Count of Possession of Burglary Tools
2 Counts of Unauthorized Possession of a Controlled Substance
25 Counts of Theft of Property Second Degree
19 Counts of Breaking and Entering a Motor Vehicle.
Byrd is currently being held in the Houston County Jail with No Bond.
On Monday morning, September 12, 2022, the Dothan Police Department was notified of a Burglary in the 3000 block of East Cottonwood Road. There were also several reports of breaking and entering vehicles in various locations. As the investigation began, it was determined the same individual was responsible for all of them.
Kasondra Kay Strickland, 23 years old of Enterprise, AL, was charged with one count of Burglary Third Degree and six counts of Unlawful Breaking and Entering a Motor Vehicle. Her bond was set at $75,000.00.
On 4/23/2022 and 4/24/2022, two vehicles were broken into in the 1900 block of Melba Drive in Dothan. Around the same time, some power equipment was taken from the yard of a residence in the 1900 block of Melba Drive. Investigators have now charged 21 year old Davion Datron Turner, of Dothan, with two counts of Unlawful Breaking and Entering a Motor Vehicle and one count of Theft of Property Second Degree. His bond is set at $45,000.00.
On Saturday night, 4/23/2022, officers responded to a breaking and entering a vehicle call in the 100 block of South Foster Street. Alert officers spotted a suspicious person hiding in the wood line. As officers made contact with the person, they also discovered a large pile of miscellaneous property on the ground that had been covered up with a blanket. It was determined the items had come from multiple vehicles in the area. The person was identified as Ronald Devone Balcom. Balcom also had multiple stolen items on his person. Thankfully, all property was recovered and returned to the rightful owners.
As a result of the investigation, 58 year old Ronald Devone Balcom, of Dothan, was arrested and charged with four counts of Unlawful Breaking and Entering a Vehicle.
We would like to remind everyone to make sure your vehicles are kept locked at all times, either at home, or while visiting a place of business. Also, keep anything of value out of sight or covered up. These reminders are often given during the holiday season, but actually should be practiced year-round. Thieves prey upon easy opportunities. If your valuables are visible or even if your vehicle is left unlocked, it is perceived as an invitation to criminals.
On March 21, 2022, 23 year-old Corey Taeon Hadley, of Dothan, is alleged to have unlawfully entered the victim’s vehicle in the 500 block of Pine Street in Dothan. Once inside the vehicle, Hadley took the victim’s cell phone. Using the victim’s cell phone, Hadley accessed the victim’s banking information and sent money to himself. As a result, Hadley was charged with one count of Breaking and Entering a Vehicle, and one count of Identity Theft. His bond was set at $30,000.00.
The Dothan Police made an arrest last night of a Dothan man Lasharie Roberts (30) and charged him with 3 counts of Unlawful Breaking and Entering of Motor Vehicle. Roberts is also a suspect in several more in the Westgate Park area and more charges are to follow. He is being held on a $30,000 bond.
All persons are innocent until proven guilty in a court law.
On Tuesday July 23, 2019 Dothan Police Officers attempted to stop a Chevrolet pick-up truck in the area of Murphy Mill Road for a traffic violation. The driver of the truck fled from officers pulling a utility trailer. The driver drove through the yard of a nearby residence causing damage to the residence and fence. The suspect ended up in a wooded area on Riveredge Parkway in Dothan, leaving the truck and trailer and set out into the woods on foot.
Officers searched the area with help from the Dale County Sheriff’s Office, Wiregrass Aviation Support Program, Houston County Sheriff’s Department, ALEA Investigators and Alabama State Troopers. During the search officers located several other pieces of stolen property from the Dothan area. Two more utility trailers and a lawn mower were discovered that had been stolen from a nearby church. In the bed of the truck were numerous stolen items from a recent burglary in Geneva County to include several firearms, televisions, tools, and electronics.
The suspect was not located until several hours later when a resident in the 200 block of Riveredge Parkway returned home and saw a pair of feet sticking out from under a bed in the home. Police responded to the residence to investigate. With the idea that this was the suspect from this morning a Police K9 was deployed into the hose after verbal warnings were given. After no response the K9 searched the residence and encountered the suspect in a bedroom and apprehended the suspect by biting him in the right bicep.
The suspect was identified as 44 year old white male Jason Dewayne Creel of Dothan. He was taken to a local hospital for non-life threatening injuries from the Police K9.
Once the suspect was in custody the resident noticed that their family dog, a mixed breed lab/bulldog, was missing from the home. The dog was located under the deck at the rear of the home. The dog had been stabbed by the suspect multiple times in the throat. The family dog, Buddy, did not survive this attack. Creel later admitted to police that the dog “came at him” so he stabbed him with his pocket knife.
Creel, wet and dirty from his time in the wooded area removed his clothes and hid them in a closet. He helped himself to food and drink from the refrigerator. Creel also logged into the family computer and watched pornography until he finally crawled under a bed and fell asleep until awoken by Dothan Police K9 Xander.
Jason Dewayne Creel is charged with three counts of Theft of Property 1st degree, one count of Receiving Stolen Property 1st degree, one count of Burglary 3rd degree, one count of Aggravated Animal Cruelty, and Certain Persons Forbidden to Possess Firearms. He is being held with no bond in this case.
This investigation is ongoing and additional charges will be forthcoming.
On May 13th and 14th Dothan Police received reports of fifteen vehicle break-ins on the east side of Dothan. The reports were from Crossing Ln., Hidden Lake Subdivision, and Brookhill Drive. An investigation began in the crimes and video was released of one of the suspects.
On May 16th the investigator working the case was off duty and made contact with a person he believed to be the suspect in the vehicle break-ins at the Walker’s Deluxe Motel in the 3200 block of E. Main Street. The suspect was identified as 21 year old Nhayquan Travone Bethel of Dothan. He was in the company of 23 year old Shantoria Lashaey Owens, also of Dothan.
Based on information gathered during the investigation Investigators conducted a search warrant of the room and vehicle belonging to the two suspects and recovered property taken from the recent break-ins. The property recovered included several firearms, purses, and wallets belonging to the victims.
Nhayquan Travone Bethel has been charged with fourteen counts of Unlawful Breaking and Entering a Motor Vehicle and has bonds totaling $210,000.00. Shantoria Lashaey Owens has also been charged with fourteen counts of Unlawful Breaking and Entering a Motor Vehicle and also has bonds totaling $210,000.00. This investigation is ongoing and more charges may be forthcoming.
On May 15, 2019 Dothan Police responded to a report of several vehicle break-ins on the east side of the city. These break-ins occurred during the evening and early morning hours of May 13th and May 14th in the area of Crossing Ln., Hidden Lake Subdivision, and Brookhill Drive.
Citizens reported fifteen vehicles broken into. In six of the break-ins entry was made through a busted window. The others were unlocked vehicles. Items taken during the break-ins were two hand guns, as well as, various items such as wallets and purses.
Dothan Police would like to remind the public to always lock your vehicles every time you leave them and never leave valuable items inside of your vehicle, especially in plain view. A video of the suspect has been placed below. Dothan Police request if you have any information about these crimes or recognize the person in the video to please contact them at 334-615-3000 or you can contact CrimeStoppers at 334-793-7000.