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Deputies arrest 2 in Moulton thefts

By Kristen Bishop
kbishop@decaturdaily.com 340-2443

MOULTON — Lawrence County deputies said they halted a string of burglaries in a Moulton neighborhood Friday morning.

They arrested Jonathan Chester Drew Wilson, 22, of 769 Lawrence County 333, Moulton, and Nicholas Wayne Lowery, 23, of 8269 Lawrence County 434, Trinity, after investigating four burglaries that occurred less than two weeks apart within a one-mile radius.

"Lowery is only charged with one at this time, but there's still an ongoing investigation to see if he was involved in the others," said Sheriff's Department Investigator Lt. Tim McWhorter.

Wilson allegedly broke into a barn on Lawrence County 331 about two weeks ago and stole a shotgun, he said. He later returned to the barn and stole photography equipment and an acoustic guitar, said McWhorter.

"All the items were very nice and in good condition," he said. "The barn was full of valuable things, but they only stole a few items. They were looking for things they could sell on the street."

Less than a week later, Wilson allegedly stole an XM satellite radio from an unlocked truck on Lawrence County 333, said McWhorter.

A burglary occurred at another barn on Lawrence County 331. McWhorter said Wilson and Lowery attempted to steal several rolls of copper wire, but were scared off by a neighbor.

"They removed them from the barn, but dropped them and ran when the neighbor came out," he said.

A deputy patrolling the area pulled Wilson and Lowery over later that night.

"We had requested for extra patrol in that area during the nighttime hours," said McWhorter. "The deputy had nothing on them at that time, but he made a note of who was in the vehicle, and upon investigation, we were able to link them to the crimes."

The Moulton Police Department assisted in the investigation.

Deputies arrested Lowery and Wilson on Friday. Lowery is charged with third-degree burglary and third-degree theft of property. Wilson is charged with three counts of third-degree burglary, two counts of second-degree theft of property and unlawful breaking and entering a vehicle.

On Friday, the county jail released Lowery on $5,000 bond and Wilson on $12,500 bond.

McWhorter said police are trying to determine if the alleged partners in crime are also responsible for other area burglaries.

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