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Police catch thief on return to store

Store employees recognized a man who stole a laptop when he returned the same day, Decatur police said Thursday.

Aaronís Sales and Leasing employees noticed a laptop computer missing after they saw Thomas Howard Davis II run from the store while holding his stomach Wednesday, said Detective George Silvestri.

Davis returned several hours later, Silvestri said.

Officer Jeff Clem later spotted Davisí car, for which police were on the lookout, and pulled Davis over.

Anti-Crime Unit officers recovered the stolen property, Silvestri said.

Davis, arrested on a charge of second-degree theft, remained in Morgan County Jail on Thursday in lieu of $750 bond.

Silvestri said he expects more arrests in the case.

- Seth Burkett

Meeting Jan. 17 for Athens growers

ATHENS — If you grow and sell fruit and vegetables and you want to become a certified farmers market nutrition program vendor, a meeting is planned for you.

The Alabama Farmers Market Authority is hosting the meeting Wednesday at 6 p.m. in the Limestone County Extension Office on Market Street.

Doug Chapman of the Limestone County Extension office said you do not have to attend the meeting if you are already certified.

For more information, call Chapman at 232-5510 or John Willoughby at (334) 242-2618.

- DeAngelo McDaniel

Police following vehicle tips

Decatur police said Thursday that they continue to receive tips about a suspicious vehicle driven by a stranger who allegedly tried to pick up children walking in a neighborhood of Southeast Decatur.

So far, no more reports have been filed about a white male in a red car with a white stripe on its side offering rides to juveniles, said Lt. Chris Mathews, a police spokesman.

Mathews said police were following up on tips about cars meeting that description.

ďPeople are looking, thatís the good thing,Ē he said.

Anyone with information may call the police tip line at 341-INFO (4636) or the departmentís front desk at 341-4660.

- Seth Burkett

Two charged in aluminum theft

Two people face theft charges after an officer stopped them and discovered trunk full of stolen aluminum Thursday, Decatur police said.

The carís trunk was held partially closed by bungee cords, but remained open enough for Officer Tim Pinion to see what appeared to be several large pieces of unprocessed aluminum inside when he pulled the car over for a traffic violation, said Detective Chris Jones.

Investigation revealed that the occupants of the car, Willie Jermaine Swoope, 31, of 413 Memorial Drive S.W. and Christine Anne Ellard, 41, of 2616 U.S. 31 S., Room 107, had stolen the aluminum from Construction Services Inc., 1111 Cedar Lake Road S.W., Jones said.

Police charged both with second-degree theft and additionally charged Swoope with second-degree criminal trespass.

Swoope and Ellard remained in Decatur City Jail on Thursday awaiting transfer to Morgan County Jail, where they will be held in lieu of $1,250 and $750 bonds, respectively.

- Seth Burkett

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