Tips lead to armed robbery and burglary arrest in Albany

20-year-old Malik Brantley & Demetrius Gilliard / Photo: Albany Police Department

Investigators need your help identifying items after tips led them to an apartment full of electronics.

Investigators with the Albany Police Department say that they received information about a burglary on Lafayette Circle back in January.

Officers were able to get a search warrant for a nearby apartment and found a large number of electronics including televisions, cell phones and hoverboards.

In addition to the electronics, officers arrested and charged 20-year-old Demetrius Gilliard with theft by receiving stolen property.

On Thursday, officers received another tip that the apartment owner, 20-year-old Malik Brantley had returned.

Brantley was picked up and charged him with possession of marijuana and burglary in first degree.

Additionally, both men are now facing charges of armed robbery.

Officers still need help reuniting the stolen items that do not have serial numbers.

“Now we have to match the items with several burglaries and entering auto cases reported in that area to see if any of them match. We are anticipating clearing up more cases as we work through the process,” said APD Sgt. Phares Taylor.

Albany police say that if anyone has been a victim of a burglary or entering auto in the northwest Albany area in recent months and has filed a report, they can ask to speak with a burglary investigator at (229)431.2100, Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

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