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Alleged car burglar reportedly pulled knife after tackle

By Seth Burkett 340-2355

ATHENS — Athens police charged an alleged car burglar with armed robbery for allegedly pulling a knife on a witness who tackled him early Friday.

Gardner Wayne Campbell, 37, of 29417 Hwy 431 N., Grant, also faces four counts of unlawful breaking and entering a vehicle.

Campbell had apparently broken into a car in the 19300 block of Edgewood Road, said police Capt. Marty Bruce.

Two friends of the victim went outside the residence at about 2:20 a.m. and found Campbell sitting in the victim's car smoking a cigarette, Bruce said.

"The two witnesses asked what he was doing, and Campbell said he was looking for Robert," Bruce said. "Campbell said he had the wrong house and started to walk away. The witnesses asked where he was going and he started to run."

One of the witnesses tackled Campbell and held him on the ground while the other witness called the police, Bruce said. That's when Campbell pulled a knife out of his pocket.

"The witness was able to wrestle the knife away from him and both witnesses restrained Campbell until Officer (Shelby) Castro arrived," Bruce said.

Bruce said police found out three other vehicles on Edgewood Road had been broken into.

Bruce said the Limestone County Sheriff's Department is also investigating vehicle break-ins they believe Campbell may have been behind.

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