Two suspects identified in Highlands Biological Station burglaries, one is arrested the other is at large

For more than a month now there have been a rash of breaking and enterings and burglaries at the Highlands Biological Center ranging from cash, tools, a motor vehicle and office and computer equipment.

Highlands Police Chief Bill Harrell reported a break in the case This week with the identification of two suspects.

“The essence of the Highlands Police Department’s Mission Statement, ‘To provide a safe environment for all citizens through the collective contributions of the community. Pride and integrity reflect our dedication to community values could not have been more prevalent than over the past few weeks,” said Harrell.

Harrell said his officers and the Highlands community collaborated regarding the B&Es at the Highlands Biological Station on Horse Cove Road and 6th Street.

“Information from the community provided sustainable leads that were developed and relentlessly investigated by officers, followed by numerous interviews leading to the identification of two suspects, Adam Paul Green 31, and Joan Beck Hobbs, 49, (who as of press time is still at large).

Other persons of interest are still being hunted and investigated which may lead to more persons being directly involved, said Harrell.

Current charges include multiple counts of B&E, felonious larceny, possession of stolen goods, possession of a stolen motor vehicle, aid and abetting larceny.

Happily, most of the stolen properties have been recovered.

“It is unfortunate that every case cannot produce such results, but I’m certainly proud of this investigation and to serve the Highlands community effectively, especially with the conviction and collaboration of its citizens on this case,” said Harrell.

By Kim Lewicki, Highlands Newspaper

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