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2 still at large in wild escape

By Seth Burkett 340-2355

LACEY'S SPRING — Authorities continued the search Thursday for two thieves who made a wild, dangerous flight to escape arrest, Morgan County sheriff's investigators said.

Scott Wayne Crook, 27, of Lacey's Spring and at least one other unidentified man remained at large.

After burglarizing the WRSA radio transmitter on Telephone Tower Road, the men allegedly shot at and rammed a pursuing vehicle driven by a radio station engineer, said Investigator Terry Kelly.

The men then threw stolen metal parts at patrol cars from the back of their van during a chase that went to the eastern edge of Morgan County along Pleasant Valley Road.

Kelly said deputies arrested Crook's girlfriend, Candy Michelle Flippo, 29, while raiding the couple's home at 17 Telephone Tower Road on Wednesday.

Flippo now faces charges of making methamphetamine and endangering a 9-year-old by operating a meth lab in the house. She remained in Morgan County Jail on Thursday in lieu of $50,000 bond.

Crook is wanted on charges of attempted murder and first-degree robbery.

"We have information that he was sighted in Huntsville (Wednesday), but we're not concentrating our search in any one area," Kelly said. "We're just following the leads as they come in."

Crook is 5 feet, 7 inches tall and weighs 165 pounds. He has hazel eyes and blond hair.

"I can't confirm it yet, but I've got a pretty good idea who the other guy was," Kelly said.

Kelly asked anyone with information about Crook's or his accomplice's whereabouts to contact him at 560-6196 or the sheriff's dispatch at 301-1174. He advised the public to consider the suspects armed and dangerous.

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