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Officers slosh through bog chasing alleged car burglar

By Seth Burkett 340-2355

Not every police officer can wear the label "dirty cop" with pride. But in the case of Decatur police officers who sloshed through a bog Wednesday night, sullied uniforms meant catching an accused car burglar.

The officers were responding to a call about someone rummaging through a car in a church parking lot, said Sgt. Rick Archer.

The caller, a parishioner at Jehovah's Witnesses Kingdom Hall, 2815 Sandlin Road S.W., had walked out of the church at about 8:10 p.m. and saw someone inside another church member's car.

The suspect, later identified as Larry Darnell Brooks, 36, tried to hide beside the vehicle when the parishioner came out, then took off running when the parishioner approached him, Archer said.

The witness called 911 as he chased Brooks north toward the Wal-Mart Shopping center.

Officer Jonathan Lindley spotted Brooks hiding in brush near the woods behind Wesley Acres Retirement Home.

When Brooks saw Lindley and fled, Lindley chased him to the shopping center and into a mud bog just east of Wal-Mart, Archer said.

Several other officers arrived and helped catch Brooks.

"The officers involved ... received very minor injuries as a result of pursuing the subject through the woods and thorn thickets, but apart from emerging from the swampy area wet and muddy, they were otherwise uninjured," Archer said.

Police charged Brooks, of 2403 Kelly Ave. S.W., with breaking and entering a vehicle and resisting arrest. He remained in Morgan County on Thursday in lieu of $50,500 bond.

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