K-9 team tracks down burglary suspect
By Gary Popp
Published in News on May 12, 2011 1:46 PM
A 19-year-old LaGrange man was arrested last week following two morning break-ins earlier this month in the Dudley area.
Casey Reberto Maddox, of Piney Grove Church Road, was charged by the Wayne County Sheriff's Office with two counts of felony breaking and entering and misdemeanor damage to real property.
Authorities were alerted when a 27-year-old woman called 911 at 7:15 a.m. on May 3 after she saw a man leaving her home in the 100 block of Ridgefield Drives with her flat-screen TV. The intruder drove off in a black Pontiac.
While responding to the emergency call, a deputy spotted a vehicle that matched the description parked in the driveway of another home several miles away in the 3300 block of U.S. 117 Alternate.
As the deputy turned around, the suspect car left the driveway and turned onto Honey Dew Lane. When the deputy attempted to stop the vehicle, the driver jumped out and ran into a nearby woods.
A foot pursuit of the suspect began that included the help of a concerned citizen of the Legion Lake mobile home park who identified the location of the suspect.
The search lasted nearly hour and included the use of Sheriff's K-9 team.
Maddox was taken into custody after he was found hiding in the brush of the wooded and swampy area of what was previously Legion Lake.
Maddox was placed under a $17,500 secured bond.