Athens Police arrest man in series of burglaries following short chase and search

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James Eddie Appleton Jr. (Photo from Athens Police Department)
James Eddie Appleton Jr. (Photo from Athens Police Department)

ATHENS, Ala. (WHNT) – Athens Police arrested James Eddie Appleton Jr. on four counts of burglary. Investigators say he developed as a suspect in a series of burglaries after he sold a stolen Auburn class ring to a jewelry store.

Officers say they stopped Appleton when they saw him walking with two other men on Tuesday afternoon. Authorities say Appleton took off running while talking to an investigator. Despite a short chase, officers lost him behind D&J Motors on U.S. 72. Officials brought out tracking dogs from the Limestone Correctional Facility. The search lasted about an hour before the dogs lost Appleton’s scent.

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Later on Tuesday, Athens Police officers found Appleton at his residence on Henry Drive. He was arrested after a search of his vehicle.

Investigators say Appleton is accused of breaking into a residence in May of 2011. Officials say he took a check book, jewelry and various paperwork from the home in the 300 block of North Beaty Street.

Appleton is also suspected in a burglary on June 1, 2015. Authorities say a lap top, jewelry, a pistol, dolls and a camera were taken from a residence in the 200 block of Christine Street.

Police also believe Appleton is connected to a June 8, 2015 burglary in the 900 block of East Forrest Street. Jewelry, iPhones, an iPad and a ball bag were taken from that residence.

Lastly, investigators say Appleton broke into a residence in the 600 block of Maze Street and took an Auburn class ring.

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