DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) — WDHN has learned of new arrests made in the Saliba Center break-ins over Mother’s Day Weekend.
Dothan Police say that three more juvenile suspects have been arrested. Police are still searching for one juvenile suspect.
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DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) — Dothan Police say they have arrested all suspects they believe are connected to the Alfred Saliba Family Services Center break-ins.
On Monday afternoon, officers say they received a report that several suspects were trying to break into the center again, marking the third time the center had been vandalized.
When officers arrived, a short chase began, and all suspects were taken into custody.
All suspects were juveniles under the age of 16, according to Dothan Police. Some of the suspects were also responsible for the burglaries on Mother’s Day.
Few details about the identity of the suspects can be released due to their age.
DPD says most of the stolen property has been recovered during the investigation.
The Alfred Saliba Family Services Center (Saliba Center for Families) will remain closed until repairs can be made, and equipment can be repaired or replaced, according to an official.
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DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) — The Dothan Police Department has released new information on the vandalism that happened at the Saliba Center for Families.
On Monday morning, Dothan Police say they received a call of a burglary that had already happened at the center. When officers got on the scene, they found broken windows, destroyed office equipment including computers, used fire extinguishers, graffiti, spilled food, and more, according to police.
Police referred to the break-in in a statement saying:
…the building had been devastated by ruthless vandals who entered the building and deliberately destroyed as much property as they could.”
DPD says they believe multiple suspects ranging from teens to early 20s in ages are likely responsible for the crimes.
Video, photos, and other types of evidence are being looked at by police.
Anyone with information related to this incident is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 334-793-7000 or call the Dothan Police Department at 334-615-3000.
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DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) — The Saliba Center for Families will be closed for an extended period after the location was broken into over the weekend.
Both Dothan Police and the center’s Executive Director, Belinda Mitchell, confirm that the property was broken into and received damage.
Mitchell said in a statement on Facebook:
The center was totally vandalized over the weekend. EVERY room and department, including our auditorium, the DCS wing, and our community wing has been completely. Vandalized and destroyed to the point where we will not be able to serve the public.”
The Dothan Police Department is currently gathering information on the incident and will likely release more details soon.
The center was started by former Dothan Mayor Alfred Saliba. It has been in operation for almost 30 years, according to Mitchell.
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