Sheriff: Citizen arrests father and son stealing items from Fort Payne business

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Aubrey Eugene McBride, left, and Jason Scott McBride, right (Photos: DeKalb County Sheriff's Office)

Aubrey Eugene McBride, left, and Jason Scott McBride, right (Photos: DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office)

FORT PAYNE, Ala. (WHNT) – A father and son are charged in a burglary at a business thanks to a citizen who acted quickly and held them at gunpoint.

According to DeKalb County Sheriff Jimmy Harris, deputies responded to a burglary call on Thursday at a business on County Road 835 in Fort Payne.  A citizen was holding two men at gunpoint.  The citizen told deputies he saw one of the men climb in a rear window, and then saw both of them leave through the back door carrying some merchandise.

Business owners confirmed merchandise was out of place in the store.

Aubrey Eugene McBride, 62, of Fort Payne and Jason Scott McBride, 38, of Henagar were arrested and charged with third-degree burglary.  They are father and son, and are being held in the DeKalb County Detention Center.

“I would like to thank the citizen for being so observant and contacting the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office about this incident,” said Sheriff Harris. “Even though we don’t ever advise a citizen to put their self in danger we are thankful that he did. The deputies were on scene within seven minutes and were able to make these arrest without incident because of the citizens’ actions.”