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Moulton man accused of burglarizing coin drop

By Bayne Hughes
hughes@decaturdaily.com 340-2432

A Moulton man may be facing extended jail time after allegedly burglarizing the Caddo Car Wash coin drop on Law-rence County 460 while out on bond.

Sgt. Tim McWhorter and Capt. Tim Sandlin of the Law-rence County Sheriff's Department arrested Timothy Baker Barnett, 26, of 1346 Lawrence County 460 in Moulton on Thursday after a witness picked him out of a photo lineup.

McWhorter said they charged Barnett with third-degree burglary, a Class C felony, and third-degree theft, a misdemeanor.

Barnett was out on $118,000 bond from a May arrest that included nine counts of second-degree theft and 14 counts of third-degree theft for his alleged involvement in vehicle burglaries in Loosier, Mount Hope, Moulton and an area west of Wren between May 14 and May 25.

He is in Lawrence County Jail, awaiting a bond revocation hearing.

"Mr. Barnett did time in prison on previous felony charges, so he may be facing extended time in prison," McWhorter said.

McWhorter said a witness saw two white males hit the car wash coin drop on Wednesday at about 4 p.m. They managed to steal about $200 in coins. This was not the first time thieves hit this particular business.

Investigators met with the witness Wednesday evening, got descriptions and then set up a photo lineup Thursday.

"Based on the information from the witness and evidence from the scene, we obtained a warrant for Mr. Barnett's arrest," McWhorter said.

McWhorter and Sandlin arrested Barnett Thursday at a family member's home on Lawrence County 461.

McWhorter said he is still trying to identify a second suspect in the case and hopes to make another arrest in coming days.

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