Decatur Police: Spring Mobile iPhone theft suspect captured in Texas


Surveillance photo of the man in Spring Mobile in Decatur

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DECATUR, Ala. (WHNT)-- The man accused of stealing an iPhone from a Decatur store is in Texas law enforcement custody according to Decatur Police.

Decatur detectives tell us after Spring Mobile manager Scott Allen reached out to WHNT News 19 for help getting the suspect's image out to the community, they got many tips called into the police department. Detectives say they worked hard to track down leads and eventually identified the suspect and put a warrant out for the man, Clinton Long, on felony theft charges.

Clinton Long; Photo: Tarrant County Correctional Center in Texas
Clinton Long, image courtesy of the Tarrant County Correctional Center in Texas

Monday, detectives say Texas state troopers made a traffic stop and took Long into custody in Tarrant County, near Fort Worth. Officers expect Long to be extradited back to Decatur next week.

Spring Mobile store manager Scott Allen told WHNT News 19 this news is justice to him.

"I'm excited. I never thought this would be solved so quick," he said.

He told us when we originally aired the story that he was very happy with the clear quality of image his surveillance cameras had been able to provide of the suspect.  Now, he's proud it's helped catch the accused thief.

And he has a message for all who called in tips to assist police: "Thank you," he said. "Thank you for helping us. Thank you for helping our community." He said he's hoping this means that after prosecution, the suspect won't have other opportunities to act again.

As for his decision to call WHNT News 19 for help, Allen said, "Taking Action, Getting Results... That's why I called. If I didn't believe it, I wouldn't have called."

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