Man Committed Burglary Using Bicycle as Mode of Transportation
On Tuesday, December 29th, DeKalb County Sheriff's Office received a call about a burglary on County Road 51 near Collinsville.
DCSO did have a description of the subject thanks to a door bell camera at the residence. The subject was on a bicycle with no fenders, a basket or backpack on the handlebars, he had a full red beard and was wearing a toboggan. A be on the lookout was then issued. Later, the subject approached a Fort Payne Police Officer at a gas station at Hwy 11 and I-59 on the North end of Fort Payne asking for directions. Recognizing the subject, the Fort Payne Police officer detained him until a deputy arrived. Tommy Lee Wells (33, address unknown) was charged with Burglary 3rd and Theft of Property 3rd.
DeKalb County Sheriff Nick Welden said of the incident: "Great job by all involved, getting this info and description out fast was definitely the factor in a fast apprehension. Thanks to Fort Payne Police Department for being super vigilant and detaining this subject before he had the opportunity to commit another crime. This also shows the importance in home security systems these days. What could have taken days, months or longer to make a case literally took minutes due to homeowners security methods. You can never be too prepared!"
"God Bless!" Concluded Sheriff Welden.