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Youth Symphony delights council

Live classical music preceded a Monday meeting of the
Decatur City Council, courtesy of the Decatur Youth Symphony.

Council President Billy Jackson said Tommy Davis, conductor of the symphony, asked the council to hold its Monday meeting at Cedar Ridge Middle School, and the students delighted those who attended with excerpts from five compositions.

Davis said the symphony, which is comprised of elementary to high-school students, will perform May 14 at the Princess Theatre, following
a third-grade production en-
titled “Violins, Violins, Vio-lins.”

- Chris Paschenko

3 liquor stores burglarized

Decatur police are investigating three burglaries to liquor stores that took place over the weekend.

Someone threw a brick through the front door of ABC Beverages at 1203 Courtyard Circle S.W. just after midnight Saturday, stealing about $200 worth of cognac.

Shortly before 2 a.m., somebody used a piece of concrete
to break a window at the 401 Beltline Road S.W. Shell Sta-tion, stealing about $135 in beverages.

In both cases, the burglar wore a dark jumpsuit or coveralls, police said.

At about 11 p.m. Sunday, two black males used a large rock to break into ABC Beverages at 2019 Sixth Ave. S.E. and grabbed about $250 in liquor.

In each case, the store was equipped with an alarm and surveillance system.

Though the thieves fled before police arrived, cameras caught them on tape, according to police.

Police did not say whether they believe the burglaries were connected.

- Seth Burkett

Ex-girlfriend charged in theft

ATHENS — A man became involved in a car chase Sunday after his ex-girlfriend allegedly stole items including beer and pepperoni pouches from his house, Athens police Capt. Marty Bruce said.

Bruce identified the ex-girlfriend as Tonya Victoria Sas-
per, 39, of 12970 Scott Lane, Madison.

Sasper allegedly broke into her ex’s home on Moyers Road at about 3 a.m., Bruce said.

The ex came home and approached the truck Sasper was driving. The truck fled, and the victim gave chase until he lost sight of the truck because of its high speed, Bruce said.

The victim called police, and officer Greg Parnell found the truck on Bridgeforth Street.

Sasper is in the Limestone County Jail on $2,000 bond, charged with third-degree burglary.

Bruce said she allegedly also took a flashlight, strawberry drinks, chicken flautas, shoes, a coat, jumper cables, tools and a clock radio.

- Holly Hollman

Prostitute allegedly robbed customer

A man reported that a prostitute stole cash from his money roll while he was in the bathroom, Decatur police said Monday.

The man told police he and the prostitute, with whom he was familiar, agreed upon a price of $20 for her services
during a visit to his house Thursday night, according to Lt. Chris Mathews, a police spokesman.

After completing their “transaction,” Mathews said, the man went to the bathroom and returned to find the prostitute gone.

He awoke Friday morning, noticed his roll of cash was short about $100 and went to police.

- Seth Burkett

Woman reports parking lot robbery

A woman told police she was robbed outside an apartment building in Southwest Decatur early Monday, Decatur police said.

Charlotte McDaniel, 27, told police she was walking to her car from a friend’s apartment in the 700 block of Cedar Lake Road Southwest when a car pulled up behind her and
a woman in the passenger’s
seat began shouting questions at her.

Unable to understand,
McDaniel went closer. The woman in the passenger seat pointed a small silver pistol at her, demanding money, said Lt. Chris Mathews, a police spokesman.

McDaniel told police she dropped her keys, purse and cell phone and ran. She saw the woman in the car pick up the keys and purse but leave the phone.

A thin black male drove the car, and in the passenger seat was a heavyset white female with brown hair in a ponytail and wearing a gray sweatshirt, McDaniel told police.

- Seth Burkett

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