“We discovered a group of individuals who were working a burglary ring in the northern half of the county,” Investigator Sgt. Darrell Mote said. “Their little crime spree started northeast of Jasper in the Boldo community, then went north into the Saragossa and Thach communities, and then west toward Carbon Hill. It’s all connected with some illegal drug activity.”
Mote said three people have been arrested and charged in connection with the burglary ring:
•James Adam “Bubba” Lawless, 33, of 310 Buster Armstrong Road in Carbon Hill, was arrested on Nov. 28 on Liberty Road in Jasper on charges of second-degree theft of property. He is being held in the Walker County Jail on a $15,000 property bond.
•Tony Elliott Duncan, 32, of 3614 Lamon Chapel Road in Jasper, was taken into custody on Nov. 30 at his residence on charges of theft of property and receiving stolen property.
•Kerry Lavon Allred, 42, of 305 Gaines Road in Jasper, was taken into custody on Dec. 3 at his residence on charges of contempt of court for third-degree domestic violence with the possibility of more charges pending against him.
“Allred was taken into custody on some unrelated charges, but he is a person of interest in connection with our burglary ring,” Mote said. “We have also obtained arrest warrants for several more individuals in connection with the investigation.”
Mote said four investigators with the Walker County Sheriff’s Office Investigations Division and the two narcotics agents in the Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Division have worked day and night for the past two weeks on the investigation.
“We’re still working the case. We even laid in some ditches a couple of times watching folks, and it paid off,” Mote said. “You know the old saying — ‘you give a person enough rope and eventually they’ll hang themselves’ — well that’s what happened. They got greedy and we got them.”
Mote said some of the property taken during the crime spree was recovered and returned to its owners, but a lot has not been located.
“We recovered some stolen property and started working that case backward from where we found it, and that’s how we discovered the burglary ring,” Mote said. “We also found some surveillance videos that helped us identify a suspicious vehicle, and things just sort of started falling into place.”
Mote said this crime spree should remind everyone to secure homes and vehicles during the holiday season.
“The criminal elements of our society are casually strolling through parking lots or driving through neighborhoods in search of an unlocked vehicle to steal or an unlocked home to enter and rob,” he said. “When out shopping be sure to lock your car doors and put your personal items in the trunk. Don’t forget to lock all your windows and doors when you leave home, and leave a light on if you’ll be returning after dark.”