2 arrested for string of burglaries

Published 9:11 am Wednesday, August 26, 2015

By Stephanie Nelson

The Brewton Standard

Two men are facing a host of charges following a series of area burglaries.

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Phillip Miles Fullerton, 28, of McCollough, and James Beamon Johnson, 29, of Atmore, were arrested in connection to thefts from Wayside Store in Atmore, a Kangaroo store on Hwy. 113 and other areas in Escambia County.

Nearly $4,000 in tools – including table saws, hand tools, chain saws, boat motors and welding equipment – were reported stolen from the locations, said Chief Deputy Mike Lambert.

“Investigator Michael Sanderson spent countless hours on this case, and we are glad to say that the majority of the items stolen have been recovered,” Lambert said.

However, police are still searching for the owners of the recovered chainsaws.

“We know these chainsaws were taken from a pickup truck on Butler Street, so if you are missing a chainsaw from that area, contact us,” he said.

Fullerton was arrested for receiving stolen property I, criminal trespass, interfering with a domestic violence related call, domestic violence III/criminal mischief, and violation of probation.

Johnson is charged with receiving stolen property I, theft of property III and gas drive off/failure to pay for gasoline. He remains in the Escambia County Detention Center under a $20,000 bond.

The two are also suspects in a series of burglaries in Baldwin County and could face additional charges there, Lambert said.