LMRA rewards local citizens with $2,500Published 11:44am Friday, March 22, 2013
One man has been arrested, and two others are now $2,500 richer after they helped put an end to a spree of burglaries in Elmore and Tallapoosa County.
Members of the Lake Martin Resource Association gathered Thursday morning at the Russell Lands office to present reward checks to Tommy Tucker and Chris Brown.
Beginning in the 1970s, LMRA started a program to help protect member homes by offering a reward for information leading to arrests with burglary cases.
“What this (LMRA) sign means is that you are telling people your property is protected by our reward program,” said Larry Tuggle, LMRA awards committee chairman. “The person who sees the incident doesn’t have to be a LMRA member. If they report a crime and that individual is prosecuted, that person is eligible for a reward up to $5,000.”
Mack Daugherty, chief of security of Russell Lands, said that all Russell Lands personnel had been told to be on the lookout for any suspicious activity.
“(Tucker and Brown) were working on Graves Road repairing a window at one of the cabins that had been broken into,” Daugherty said.
Tucker and Brown had finished up the work at the cabin and were discussing what project they would take on next.
“We saw a Jeep coming down the road so we started the vehicle and were going to move out of the way,” Tucker said. “We eased out and pulled over.”
Brown said that the vehicle passed through and the driver threw up a hand to wave.
“(Then) he turned around really fast,” Brown said. “When he came back by, he was slouched down in his seat.”
Tucker immediately wrote down the tag number.
Daugherty said that video surveillance also captured the white Jeep entering and leaving the area. After contacting the sheriff’s department, Daugherty said they were able to get a name. After finding a television at a local pawn shop with serial numbers matching stolen merchandise, Daugherty said, an arrest warrant was obtained.
John Thompson, president of LMRA, said that the reward program has helped cut down on burglaries over the years.
“Having neighbors and people that keep an eye out, are alert and willing to get involved is the best way to stop this type of crime,” Thompson said. “We don’t like that this crime occurred, but we are happy to provide (Brown and Tucker) with the reward check.”
Thanks to the efforts of Tucker and Brown, Matthew Mann, 26, was arrested and charged with three counts of third-degree burglary, two counts of second-degree theft of property and one count of receiving stolen property.