4 people arrested, charged in rash of Oakman burglaries
by Rachel Davis
Aug 11, 2012 | 6307 views | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Oakman police have arrested four men in connection with a series of thefts and burglaries that total approximately $10,000 in stolen property.

Tim Glaze, Brady Kilpatrick, Paul Woods and Donald Colburn have been arrested and charged with felony counts of first-degree theft of property and misdemeanor burglary charges in connection with thefts at the Red Top barbecue restaurant in Oakman, the city’s water board and three other properties around the city. Colburn is also facing charges of resisting arrest, after Police Chief Andy Powell and Officer Chuck Lilley extracted him from an attic. According to Powell, Colburn was also wanted by Walker and Fayette county sheriff’s offices on other charges, including an escape in Fayette County.

The items stolen over the last two weeks included tools and a generator. Some items were recovered but, as with many recent thefts around the country, many of the metal items had already been sold to a scrap or salvage yard. In the Red Top burglary, approximately $2,500 in food was taken.

“Even when we aren’t able to recover items, we aren’t stopping until we catch the people responsible,” Powell said

Glaze and Kilpatrick had been arrested recently by Powell and Lilley in connection with other burglaries and thefts in the city but have not been convicted of those charges and were released on bond.

“We’re hoping things around town will quieten down now,” Powell said. “We want the citizens to know that we are working hard to stop the break-ins and get their stuff back. It’s taking long hours, and we’re short on manpower, but we’re committed to finding these criminals.”