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February 17, 2014

APD finds burglary suspect in shower

— Athens Police arrested an alleged burglar after finding him hiding in his shower Saturday and before finding the key to the four-wheeler he is accused of stealing, an official said.

That morning, police received a report of a possible burglary at Frankie’s Wrecker Service on Sanderfer Road, Chief Floyd Johnson said.

When officers arrived, the owner told them he was missing two all-terrain vehicles and a television, the chief said. Officers believe the burglar had entered the building by damaging an overhead door, and they found blood, indicating the suspect had cut himself, Johnson said.

The owner told police he was in the process of selling one of the ATVs and that he knew where the prospective buyer, Kelvin Omar Harris, 23, of 208 Southwind Drive, Apt. 21, Athens, lived. Officers went to Southwind Apartments and found one of the ATVs behind the apartment complex, Johnson said. They received consent from the prospective buyer’s girlfriend to search the residence after she told them he was not at home.

“When officers entered the apartment, they found a pair of muddy shoes and dried blood,” Johnson said. “A short time later, Sgt. Dusty Meadows found Harris in the bathtub with the shower curtain pulled shut.”

Police also found the key to the ATV in the pocket of the would-be buyer’s shorts, the chief said. They also found the missing TV in a closet next to the back door, he said.

The other ATV was recovered on Somerest Drive, Johnson said.

Harris was arrested on a charge of third-degree burglary, booked at the Police Department and transferred to the Limestone County Jail, records show.

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