TUSCUMBIA, Ala. (WHNT) – Decorated with holiday cheer, however police say on a recent night Butterfly Meadow subdivision was the scene of a major crime spree that came to an end.
Authorities say a resident of the subdivision alerted police to some strange activity.
“As he drove past a vehicle, he observed someone duck down in the car,” said Police Chief Tony Logan. “When he backed up to head back to the car, then a subject bolted from the car. (Officer) Lucas gave foot chase and was able to apprehend him.”
And once the police officer was able to search the vehicle the suspect was in, Chief Logan says that’s when things started to make sense.
Lots of items police believe were stolen from cars and houses in the subdivision.
“Christmas presents, a safe, food articles and those things.”
Chief Logan says through the night, they were able to determine that Robert Steven Wallace Jr. had broken into several houses, a garage and a couple of cars.
“We can’t be there in all the places, so we need the eyes and ears of the community,” explained Logan. “But, this is one of those cases where their alertness to let us know and the great police work of the officer that night was able to apprehend the suspect.”
Investigators say if Wallace had not been caught that night, there is no telling how many homes and cars he would have been broken into.
According to Muscle Shoals Police, Robert Steven Wallace Jr. is also being investigated for several home and car burglaries in their city.
Wallace remains at the Colbert County Jail charged with Burglary and Breaking and Entering of a Motor Vehicle.