The News Courier in Athens, Alabama

February 3, 2013

Suspect linked to burglary

By Jean Cole
jean@athensnews-courier.com



Limestone County authorities have already linked a suspected burglar who was shot by sheriff’s deputies Thursday to at least one burglary in Limestone County.

Sheriff Mike Blakely said his department had received a report Thursday night about a burglary at a home on Kadence Lane. The report came just after the high-speed chase of a burglar who was later shot by Limestone deputies in Madison County.

Blakely said the Kadence Lane homeowner said he came home about 5:30 or 6 p.m. to find his home had been burglarized. Missing were a flat-screen television, a laptop computer and jewelry.

“Guess who had the stuff?” Blakely told The News Courier Friday.

Confiscated from a gold Suzuki Forenza driven by the suspected burglar were the missing items described by the homeowner, the sheriff said

The car driver, Dexter Lee Fair of Harvest, was shot and hospitalized Thursday morning after a cadre of deputies chased him from eastern Limestone County into Madison County.

A woman in Capstone Subdivision near the intersection of Capshaw and Mooresville roads, reported around 10:30 a.m. that a man looked into her window. Upon realizing someone was home, the man fled the scene in a gold Suzuki Forenza. The woman described the suspect to deputies as a black, heavyset man standing about 6 feet tall and wearing a nylon stocking over his head, according to scanner reports.

About 36 minutes later, a deputy saw a vehicle fitting the description and pursued it. Nearly all other deputies on duty that day joined the chase, largely because there had been a rash of burglaries in the east Limestone area, the sheriff said. The chase left Limestone County and entered Madison before ending near Sparkman Middle School on Carters Gin Road in Toney.  The suspect rammed two patrol cars and deputies ordered him to exit his vehicle. Instead, he tried to run them down, Blakely said. Both deputies fired at the suspect, hitting him three times, the sheriff said. The middle school went into lockdown and the victim was taken to the hospital for treatment.

Blakely said Dexter Lee Fair had been a suspect in several burglaries in the area even before the chase and shooting Thursday.

“We were trying but had not been able to locate him,” the sheriff said. “He will be charged with this burglary.”

He also faces an attempted murder charge for zeroing in on the deputies.Limestone County authorities have already linked a suspected burglar who was shot by sheriff’s deputies Thursday to at least one burglary in Limestone County.

Sheriff Mike Blakely said his department had received a report Thursday night about a burglary at a home on Kadence Lane. The report came just after the high-speed chase of a burglar who was later shot by Limestone deputies in Madison County.