The Baldwin County Sheriff’s Office announced the arrest of a man in connection to several car burglaries that happened from April through July in Fort Morgan.
Michael Todd Whittenton, 32, of Grand Bay, is charged with attempting to elude a police officer, reckless endangerment, resisting arrest and possessing a pistol by a violent felon.
Whittenton was taken into custody Sunday after a high-speed chase. Investigators found several firearms taken from car burglaries in his vehicle.
They said the suspect was targeting unlocked vehicles and taking items such as guns, purses and cash, and they believe he had been involved in the car burglaries since April.
“The crimes appeared to center around when vacationers were arriving at their rental condos for their extended stays,” the sheriff’s office said in a press release.
Deputies said it is important for residents and visitors to lock their vehicles and keep valuables out of sight.
“This case highlights the importance of all residents and visitors to remove valuables from their cars, lock their cars, turn on outside lights, and lock up their homes,” the press release stated. “This would include items such as purses and handguns. Being a responsible gun owner comes with accountability, such as proper use and stowing when not in use.”
According to court documents, Whittenton has a long history of criminal charges, including auto burglaries. He is being held in the Baldwin County Jail on a hold from community corrections.
The investigation is ongoing, and more charges are possible. Whittenton is considered innocent until proven guilty.
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