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Man in Limestone County confesses to over 20 recent burglaries

LIMESTONE COUNTY, Ala. - A man who's only been out of jail for a year is now back behind bars after a series of break-ins.

Eddie Ray Fulmer confessed to Limestone County sheriff's deputies to over 20 more burglaries since he was paroled.

The Limestone County Sheriff's Office says Fulmer and his wife Angel Ballenger were originally arrested at a hotel room in Bessemer on December 28th.

Deputies say Fulmer confessed to stealing  guns, chainsaws, and tools from a home on Highway 251 while the family was asleep.

"He'd break in and then steal the vehicle and abandon it nearby," Limestone County Sheriff's Department public information officer Stephen Young said.

A rash of burglaries and car thefts are nothing new for Limestone County sheriff's deputies. But less than two weeks before Christmas, Young says Fulmer picked a house on Highway 251.

"You have several times where there was somebody in the house, sometimes young children in the house," Young said.

Nobody was hurt in the home theft. Among the goods stolen was a carbine rifle, which the owner kept a copy of the serial number.

"A couple weeks later, it turned up being sold in Dekalb County. The buyer got suspicious, ran the serial number and it tied it back to the Highway 251 burglary," Young said.

Not long after the gun sale, police found Fulmer at a hotel room in Bessemer. They then found out he'd been renting out a storage unit in Limestone county where he was keeping some of the stolen goods. Limestone County deputies got a warrant, looked inside and found goods from four of the recent burglaries. Talking with investigators this week, they say Fulmer admitted to 20 more burglaries in Limestone County over the past year.

"Had it not been for the firearm that was stolen, it's very likely that none of these cases would've been broken," Young said.

Young says deputies recovered some of the stolen goods, but they're trying to figure out what happened to the rest. Fulmer has a criminal history of burglary and receiving stolen property over the last 20 years.

Photo courtesy Limestone County Sheriff's Office

A carbine rifle stolen from a home in Limestone County was sold in Dekalb County. The buyer then checked the number and alerted deputies.

Fulmer was charged with second-degree burglary, third-degree burglary, and first-degree theft of a vehicle. Other charges will be presented to a grand jury for consideration, authorities said.

He is being held in the Limestone County Jail, but is ineligible for bond after violating parole.

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