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WRSA burglary suspect arrested

By Seth Burkett
sburkett@decaturdaily.com · 340-2355

LACEY’S SPRING — With one suspect in jail, authorities continued searching for the other man behind the WRSA radio tower burglary and the chase that ensued, Morgan County sheriff’s investigators said.

Investigators arrested Tony Ray Flack, 24, of Joppa, in Marshall County, without incident at his 606 Millport Road home Friday afternoon.

Flack was the heretofore-unnamed suspect believed to have been with 27-year-old Scott Crook during the early morning burglary at 276 Telephone Tower Road on Wednesday, said Investigator Terry Kelly.

An undetermined quantity of parts, including copper wire, cables, shielding and valves, were taken, according to a report filed with the Sheriff’s Department.

Transmitter stopped

The burglary apparently caused the transmitter to stop transmitting. The radio station sent an engineer to look into the problem and he stumbled upon the crime in progress.

Crook and Flack shot at and rammed the engineer’s pursuing vehicle with the van they were in and later hurled large metal pieces out of the van at pursuing patrol cars, Kelly said.

After the suspects bailed from the van in a cornfield off Pleasant Valley Road in eastern Morgan County, investigators traced the van back to Crook.

Kelly said he developed probable cause to obtain warrants for Flack’s arrest on charges of attempted murder and first-degree robbery.

Crook will face the same charges, but he remained at large late Friday.

“We are still actively seeking Mr. Crook,” Kelly said. “We do have some fairly significant leads that we’re following up on.”

Flack remained in Morgan County Jail late Friday in lieu of $20,000 bond.

Deputies arrested Crook’s girlfriend, Candy Michelle Flippo, 29, and two other women while raiding the couple’s home at 17 Telephone Tower Road on Wednesday.

Narcotics agents charged Flippo with making methamphetamine and endangering a 9-year-old by operating a meth lab in the house.

She remained in Morgan County Jail on Friday in lieu of $50,000 bond.

Crook was not at the house.

Kelly asked anyone with information about Crook’s whereabouts to contact him at 560-6196 or the sheriff’s dispatch at 301-1174.

Crook is 5 feet, 7 inches tall and weighs 165 pounds. He has hazel eyes and blond hair. He should be considered armed and dangerous, Kelly said.

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