Two Dale County men have been arrested in connection with a burglary at the Ariton softball complex.

Austin Jones and William Jefferies, both of Ariton, have been charged with third-degree burglary and first-degree theft of property in connection with the burglary at the softball complex which is located on Claybank Street in Ariton.

Jefferies, a convicted sex offender, will also be charged with two counts of failing to comply with the Community Notification Act, according to Dale County Sheriff’s Department Chief Deputy Mason Bynum.

Bynum said that deputies responded to reports of a burglary at the softball complex Aug. 28 and discovered items missing from several buildings in the complex to include a television, drinks, food, softball equipment and power tools.

During the investigation, DCSO Investigators executed a search warrant at a residence on Popular Street in Ariton and recovered stolen property from the burglary as well as from other burglaries in the area to include property owned by Ariton Baptist Church.  

Bynum said that more charges will be filed at a later date in relation to other theft cases in the area. The sheriff’s office was assisted by the Dale/Geneva County District Attorney’s Office, Bynum said.

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