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Athens man, girlfriend charged in church, store burglaries

By Holly Hollman 340-2445

ATHENS — A man and his and girlfriend allegedly spent money they took from convenience stores and a church to buy pills and food, a Limestone County investigator said.

The Sheriff's Department and Athens police have charged the man with four counts of third-degree burglary and the woman with three counts of third-degree burglary.

Authorities identified the two as Danny Ray Cobb, 24, of 1209 Seventh Ave., Athens, and Mindy Joan Chambers, who also gave the last name Kimbrough, 21, of 906 N. Clinton St., Athens.

Between Saturday and Monday, the couple allegedly burglarized B&S Grocery on Elkton Road, Uncle Bud's on Alabama 127, and HQ Fuels at Fifth Avenue and West Market Street. Cobb allegedly also entered Athens Church of God on Quinn Road by breaking a glass door.

Sheriff's Department Chief Investigator Stanley McNatt said an alarm sounded at B&S and the couple did not take anything. They allegedly took $400 in quarters from Uncle Bud's, he said.

Police Capt. Marty Bruce said they allegedly took an undisclosed amount of change from a game machine at HQ, and Cobb allegedly took an undisclosed amount of money from the church.

Store owner spots car

McNatt said the owner of B&S lives next door to the store and saw a black Neon leave the scene at 11 p.m. Sunday.

He followed the duo until he lost them on Piney Chapel Road.

The business owner noted the car had a new Limestone County tag and called authorities.

Bruce and McNatt said Athens officer Neal Muse found the vehicle at Budget Inn on Monday morning and arrested the couple.

They were in jail Tuesday on $6,000 bond each. Bond is not set on Cobb's additional burglary charge.

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