Message From The Sheriff
NICK WELDEN  ( read )
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Multiple Guns and Chainsaws recovered in Burglary Arrest

From the Office of DeKalb County Sheriff Nick Welden:

FORT PAYNE, Ala. - On November 29th 2022, patrol deputies with DeKalb County Sheriff's Office conducted a traffic stop on in the Sylvania Community. Justin Wade Bass (26 of Henagar) was arrested on felony warrants by deputies.

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Justin Wade Bass (26 of Henagar)

During an inventory of the vehicle a stolen firearm was recovered that had been stolen during a burglary in Scottsboro Alabama. After an investigation by DeKalb County Criminal Investigators, Patrol Deputies, Drug Agents, and Detectives with Scottsboro Police Department, William Charles Sparks (32 of Fort Payne) was arrested on November 30th, in Valley Head Alabama. During the arrest of Sparks, several more stolen guns and chainsaws were recovered that were related to the burglary in Scottsboro.  Sparks was charged with Burglary 3rd, Theft of Property 1st, Theft of Property 4th, Unlawful Possession of Controlled Substance, Attempt to Elude and Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

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William Charles Sparks (32 of Fort Payne)

During the course of the investigation, James Christopher Arsenault (31 of Valley Head) was also arrested for felony warrants. 

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James Christopher Arsenault (31 of Valley Head)



DeKalb County Sheriff Nick Welden said of the incident: "We would like to thank Rainsville, Sylvania and Powell Police Department for their assistance during the investigation.  With the arrest of these three individuals, we were able to close two Burglary and Theft cases from DeKalb County during the investigation."

"God Bless!" Concluded Sheriff Welden.