Sgt. Darrell Mote, an investigator with the Walker County Sheriff’s Office, said George Ray Burns, 32, of Jasper; Jacqueline Campbell, 24, of Jasper; and Michael Adam Pike, 21, of Jasper, were taken into custody Thursday by Patrol Deputy Scott Drummond at a home on Alabama Highway 69 North.
“All three of our suspects have been charged with third-degree burglary and second-degree theft of property,” Mote said. “They are currently being held in the Walker County Jail on bonds totalling $30,000 each.”
Mote said the three were caught “red-handed” inside the home by the victim’s father, who lived next door. The victim was not at home at the time of the burglary.
“The father said he came outside and saw a strange vehicle sitting in his son’s driveway, and he stepped back into his house and returned with a firearm,” Mote said. “He then went over to his son’s house and went inside where he confronted the three suspects. He called the sheriff’s office. Drummond, who happened to be patrolling in the area at the time, responded to the call, and took them into custody.”
Walker County Sheriff John Mark Tirey said he was thankful these three individuals were taken into custody without incident.
“We were very fortunate that we had a deputy real close in the area who was able to respond quickly to assist this gentleman, and get these folks in custody,” Tirey said. “We’re also looking to see if they may have perpetrated any other crimes of this nature in the county.”
Tirey and Mote said thefts and burglaries seem to be on the increase in the county, but several arrests have been made over the past few weeks.
“The arrests of these three individuals makes a total of 16 people that have been placed in the Walker County Jail on felony charges during the past week from cases I have investigated just on the north side of the county,” Mote said. “I don’t know how many cases the other guys are working on, but I know we’ve had a lot of arrests lately.”
The case load of the Walker County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Division is “astronomical,” Tirey said.
“We can’t make arrests in all of our cases sometimes, but we do our best to make as many as we can,” he said. “Because it makes our county a safer place to live when we make cases like this one and the folks responsible for the crime are put behind bars where they belong.”