Search is on Lee County burglary suspects in Albany

Warrants are being issued for two burglary suspects who led police on a chase from Lee County into Albany. / Jessica Fairley

Third Update (8/16 3:30 p.m.)
Albany police say that Dennis Pope is facing a charge of burglary from the Albany Police Department.

Second Update (8/14 1:20 p.m.)
Officials with the Lee County Sheriff's Office say that Dennis Pope has been caught at the Americas Best Value in on North Slappey Boulevard and is currently in the custody of the Albany Police Department.

There he was found in a blue Honda Civic with another person. Additional items were found in the car and Albany police are investigating as to whether they were stolen.

Both Pope and Marshall are being charged with felony burglary in the first degree in Lee County. Pope had an active parole violation warrant out on him already in Lee County.

First Update (8/14 12:15 p.m)
Officials with the Lee County Sheriff's Office say that Walton Marshall has been caught and is on his way to the Lee County Sheriff's Office for questions.

Dennis Pope is still on the run at this time.

Initial Story
Warrants are being issued for two burglary suspects who led police on a chase from Lee County into Albany.

Walton Marshall and Dennis Pope are believed to have escaped police custody through a wooded area in a north Albany neighborhood.

Albany police officers and K-9 units assisted Lee County Sheriff's officials after the suspects fled into Albany shortly before noon.

Officials say they were searching for the suspects near Argonne Drive, Hilltop Drive, Valley Road, and Greenwood Drive, all of which are just off of North Slappey Boulevard.

Officials with the Lee County Sheriff's Office say that just after 11 a.m., a homeowner on Forrester Parkway contacted the Lee County Sheriff's Office in reference to burglary.

The resident told officials that two men were outside his home and told him that they were looking for someone. The homeowner knew that the person did not live there.

"They realized that it was the homeowner and they decided to take off and leave," said Lee County Sheriff Reggie Rachals.

The men drove away in a black Ford truck. The homeowner then followed the vehicle while calling police.

"He went to get their license plate number and it was obstructed. They had altered the tag number of the vehicle," said Chief Deputy Lewis Harris Jr., Lee County Sheriff's Office.

With Lee County Sheriff's on their tail, the thieves headed into Albany. They bailed from the getaway truck at the intersection of 10th Avenue and Argonne Drive. They abandoned vehicle was recovered by police. Inside, they found several items which included laptop. This lead the Sheriff's Office to believe that other homes on Forrester Parkway were also burglarized.

"There is a possibility that we might have more victims with the description of the backpacks that were full that they were carrying when they jumped out of the truck and ran on foot," said Chief Deputy Harris.

Officers and dogs searched multiple areas near North Slappey Boulevard, but were unable to locate the suspects, however, police have identified the men and the search has been called off.

Anyone with information regarding this case is encouraged to contact the Lee County Sheriff's Office at (229) 759-6012 or the Albany Police Department's Criminal Investigation Bureau at (229) 431-3288. If you prefer to provide information anonymously, you may call " Crime Stoppers " by dialing (229) 436-TIPS.

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