DECATUR – Michael A. Cunningham, a 20-year-old parolee, and his 18-year-old brother Devonte D. Cunningham are each facing two felony counts of residential burglary for allegedly breaking into the homes of two women on the city's east side.
While they were in jail for the burglary of one house, surveillance video from a neighbor of the other burglary victim led to the arrest of the Cunningham brothers in the second one.
A 42-year-old woman reported to police on the scene Dec. 22 that she left her locked house in the 2100 block of East Moore Street about 12:30 p.m. that day. When she returned home about two hours later, she saw her three TV sets on the ground near her back door, said a probable cause affidavit by patrol officer Klintin Babb.
She said missing items from her home included a laptop computer, jewelry, an iPhone and tablet, some cash and credit cards.
A witness on the scene had interrupted the burglary and called 911 while it was in progress, Babb wrote in his statement. That witness and another witness both identified Devonte Cunningham as one of the suspects.
When the Cunninghams were located a short time later, Devonte Cunningham was in possession of a backpack containing the victim's laptop and tablet. Her cellphone was in his pocket. He told police he and three other males were involved in the burglary. He admitted that he “went up to (the victim's) bedroom and stole her tablet.”
Other items were found in another backpack left behind by fleeing suspects.
The brothers were arrested and booked into the Macon County Jail about two hours after the incident. Two teen juveniles were also arrested.
The following morning, a 73-year-old woman reported that her house in the 2000 block of East Decatur Street had been burglarized the previous afternoon.
Missing items included three wedding rings, including her mother's and her husband's, and a cellphone.
Surveillance from her neighbor's camera showed that about one minute after the victim left home four males walk by her house. One minute later, one of the suspects enters her front porch.
During the following hour, the four are seen walking back and forth in the vicinity of the house, including in her driveway, said an affidavit by police detective Jason Derbort. The Cunningham brothers and the juveniles were also arrested for that crime.
Michael Cunningham had been released from prison April 27, after serving three years of a six-year sentence for a 2013 east-side burglary.
Michael is being held on $90,000 bond, Devonte on $60,000. They are due in court for preliminary hearings Wednesday.