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John Patrick MaloneyInvestigators for the Macon County Sheriff's Office have arrested a man suspected in a series of recent burglaries in neighborhoods south of Franklin.

John Patrick Maloney, 56, originally from Boston, Mass., but now a Macon County resident on Terrell Rd., was arrested on Sunday and charged with nine felonies, including at least four counts of breaking and entering.

The investigation was launched after a number of burglaries were reported in neighborhoods south of Franklin and in the Terrell Rd. neighborhood east of Hwy 441 South. The first incidents, which occurred in late February, were reported to Franklin Police Department. Sheriff’s deputies initiated a follow-up investigation on possible suspects and uncovered the trail which led to Maloney.

The total collected value of the items Maloney is suspected of having stolen exceeds $1,000, including a chop saw, a mitre saw, a hedge-trimmer, and other costly work tools, most of which have been recovered. The burglaries generally occurred during daylight hours, with the items being taken from garages, basements and outbuildings. One motor vehicle was also broken into.

According to Detective Tony Corbin, Maloney has been cooperative since he was contacted about the case. His arrest occurred after an interview at the Macon County Detention Center. No other suspects have been implicated in the case so far. “To our knowledge, he did act alone,” said Corbin.

One victim of the burglaries was Sandra Oxley, who reported that a mitre saw had been taken from her garage after a breaking and entering that occurred at 2:30 in the afternoon. According to Oxley, officers in unmarked cars began to patrol the area and asked for the help of residents in collecting information that could be of assistance detectives working on the case.

“I felt so scared,” Oxley said of the days leading up to Maloney’s arrest. She said she was relieved that a suspect was in custody and praised the officers involved in the investigation for their thorough work on the case. “They just did a great job,” said Oxley.

Sheriff Robert Holland agreed. “The investigators have done good really good work on this case,” he said. He said that in addition to the nine initial charges, additional charges are expected to be filed in the coming days.

Corbin and Detective William Rhoden were the lead investigators in the case. Corporal Mike Langley and Deputy Jonathan Phillips also actively participated in the investigation.

A secured bond of $20,000 was set for Maloney, who remains in custody. An appearance before the district magistrate is scheduled for March 17.

Anyone with additional information regarding this case is encouraged to call Det. Tony Corbin at (828)349-2104. Individuals who wish to remain anonymous can also call Crime Stoppers at (828)349-2600.

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