According to Morgan County Sheriff Ana Franklin, on October 7, 2015, night shift patrol Sergeants were led to the recovery of two stolen flat screen televisions and the arrest of two men on charges of burglary in the second degree.
At approximately 04:00 on Wednesday morning, Sergeant Chad Smith was on routine patrol on Highway 36 East in the Somerville area. He saw a suspicious vehicle pull from the Living Free Recovery home, located on the 1500 block of Highway 36, East Hartselle. The vehicle drove erratically and at high speed, trying to avoid the Deputy. He also observed there was no tag displayed on the suspicious vehicle. He performed a traffic stop, having to follow the vehicle for several miles before it stopped. It was occupied by two men.
In consideration of the circumstances, Sgt. Smith conducted a felony stop, which allows him greater control over potentially violent suspects. They were secured and identified. One suspect had an active warrant. Both had been drinking. Sgt. Smith then saw two large flat screen televisions in the vehicle. He dispatched a deputy to the Living Free Recovery home to see if the property had been stolen from there. The Deputy was in fact able to ascertain that the television was stolen from that location, and also identify potential witnesses.
An investigator from the Sheriff’s office was called to the scene.
A 62” Phillips flat screen smart television and a 42” Phillips flat screen television were recovered and returned to the owners.
Christopher Chase Sapp, 25, of 198 Co Rd 438 Hillsboro, and Christopher Thomas Pierce, 22, of 1950 Co Rd 224, Florence, were both charged with Burglary in the second degree.
Sapp was also arrested on an active warrant for violation of drug court/possession of a controlled substance, driving under the influence, speeding and reckless driving. Sapp is in the Morgan County jail in lieu of $5,900 bond. Pierce is in the Morgan County jail in lieu of $5,000 bond.
Smith, Charles Patrick (W /M/61) Arrest on chrg of 1) D.u.i.- Alcohol (M) and 2) Lane Change Without Signal (M), at Hwy 231 @ Fabrication, on 10/30/2015 20:01.
Roy, Andrew Joseph (W /M/51) Arrest on chrg of 1) D.u.i. (M) and 2) Driving While Revoked (M), at 500 Blk Of Us 231, Laceys Spring, AL, on 10/30/2015 23:39.
Groth, Lisa Jean (W /F/45) Arrest on chrg of D.u.i. -alcohol (M), at Hwy 36/e Old Six Mile Rd, on 10/30/2015 21:21.
Adams, Bob Timothy (W /M/36) Arrest on chrg of D.u.i. (M), at 119 Lee St Ne, Decatur, AL, on 10/30/2015 18:00.