The News Courier in Athens, Alabama

November 13, 2012

Sheriff's officials arrest suspects in storage-building burglaries

By Jean Cole

— Three people are facing burglary charges in connection with multiple thefts at two storage buildings following arrests by the Limestone County Sheriff’s Department.

On Friday, Investigators Leslie Ramsey and Johnny Morell arrested a father and son — Carl Allen Hobbs, 50, of 17215 Sledge Road, and Tyler Dustin Hobbs, 25, of 21206 Edgewood Road, both of Athens — on three counts of third-degree burglary, said Chief Investigator Capt. Stanley McNatt.

The two are accused of breaking into a storage building on Edgewood Road sometime between Oct. 1 and Nov. 9 and stealing household items and collectibles, which one victim later spotted in a yard sale on Alabama127, McNatt said.

“They (the suspects) told us the units were already open, so I guess they decided to help themselves to the property,” McNatt said.

The Sheriff’s Department has also recovered more property that may have been taken from the Edgewood Road storage building, he said.

In a separate case Saturday, Investigator Jonathan Hinton and Deputy Donnie Johns arrested Mitzie Elizabeth Staggs, 39, of 19606 High School Road, Elkmont, on three counts of third-degree burglary in connection with thefts from a storage building on Upper Fort Hampton Road, McNatt said.

Acting on a tip, Hinton and Johns recovered items from Stagg’s home property that were allegedly stolen from three storage units around the first of the month, McNatt said. The confiscated items include furniture, household items, Christmas ornaments, a mattress and box springs, and tables, he said.

“She (the accused) told investigators she went up there and discovered the units standing open and went by and moved property out of them,” McNatt said. “One of our victims had received information from someone who thought they saw some of her property at the home in Elkmont.”