Two jailed after a rash of Florence car burglaries


James Michael Fountain, 20

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FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT) – Two men have been arrested in Florence after police say they terrorized a neighborhood, breaking into numerous vehicles and stealing some big ticket items.

The troubling part of it all, police say the majority of the break-ins could have been prevented.

Under the hot sun, detectives with the Florence Police Department continued combing the streets of Lakeside Highlands Friday.

They were there looking for anything that may have been dumped or stashed by two burglars early Thursday morning.

“He was in the right place at the right time. He reacted the right way. He checked out with these guys and we closed a lot of cases,” explained Sgt. Cliff Billingsley.

Investigators say a patrol officer was completing numerous reports of car burglaries in the neighborhood when he spotted two suspicious men walking down the street.

The officer stopped and questioned James Michael Fountain and a male juvenile, finding a handgun on Fountain.

Both men ran from the officer and were eventually found.

During a search warrant at a home the two men were staying at, officers located much of the stolen property.

“Probably going to be over 19 cases right now,” stated Billingsley. “Some are still pending that we are still looking into that we may be able to link them to.”

Billingsley said all of the vehicles that were broken into had doors which were unlocked, giving generous access to the burglars.

20-year-old James Michael Fountain is being held at the Lauderdale County Detention Center on 33-counts of burglary and theft.

The 17-year-old male is being held at the Tennessee Valley Juvenile Detention Facility in Tuscumbia.

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