On the night of July 8, the Walker County Sheriff’s Department received information that two stores located in east Walker County had been the victims of a possible burglary. The two establishments were T&R Grocery in Sipsey and The Blue Store in Empire.
When deputies arrived, they discovered the offender had attempted to break into a vending machine as well as the store itself. After the failed attempt, the offender left the store causing damage to the business.
Deputies were able to gather video evidence of the event. Shortly after the first event, the same offender arrived at the Blue Store in Empire. Entry was gained to the business through the front door. The offender made two trips to the store within minutes loading a large amount of tobacco products. Investigators were able to retrieve video from both establishments. Capt. Darrell Mote as well as numerous Investigators within the Sheriff’s Office Investigative Division arrived on the scene and began investigating.
Within a brief period, the Division was able to establish a solid identification of the suspect.
Through information gained during the investigation, a sting operation was set up at a location just off Green Springs Highway in Birmingham.
Mote, Investigators Josh Key, Jason Bridges, Bryant Parkhurst, Brad Curtis, and Deputy Mark Bell were able to take down the suspect and recover a portion of the stolen tobacco products.
Haiden Nathaniel Corley, 19, of Cottondale, now faces numerous felony and misdemeanor charges, including third-degree burglary, third-degree attempted burglary, first-degree theft of property and criminal mischief.
Corley is currently in the Walker County Jail. After the arrest, the Investigations Division worked throughout the night visiting locations in Gardendale, Warrior and Hayden in attempt to recover the property stolen from the businesses.