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Finally catching Crook
Authorities arrest elusive WRSA robbery suspect

By Seth Burkett 340-2355

After two weeks on the run, authorities caught up with Scott Crook at a motel in Huntsville on Wednesday afternoon.

Morgan County Drug Task Force and Madison-Morgan County Strategic Counter-drug Team agents descended on the Econo Lodge on South Memorial Parkway at about 5 p.m. and arrested the 27-year-old without incident, Morgan County Sheriff Greg Bartlett said.

Chief Deputy Mike Corley said agents acted on a tip they received that Crook was staying at the motel.

Crook, believed to be a participant in a string of crimes that began with an Aug. 29 theft from the WRSA radio transmitter on Telephone Tower Road in Lacey's Spring, faces charges of attempted murder, first-degree robbery, manufacturing methamphetamine, possessing a controlled substance and violating the Drug-Endangered Children's Act. Crook lived at 17 Telephone Tower Road, a short distance from the transmitter, with his girlfriend, Candy Michelle Flippo, 29, and her 9-year-old daughter.

Tommy Macpherson, an engineer sent to investigate interrupted transmissions Aug. 29, discovered Crook and Tony Ray Flack Jr., 24, stealing parts from the tower, Bartlett said.

"I think they had been used to stealing, probably to support a drug habit, and this time they just happened to get caught," said Corley. "I think this shows, of people stealing to support drug habits, how quickly they can turn violent and actually use deadly force."

Crook and Flack allegedly fired several shots at Macpherson and his teenage daughter and rammed their car with a van, Bartlett said.

When deputies got behind Crook's van on Applegrove Road, Flack threw pieces of metal at the patrol cars, Bartlett said.

Both men bailed from the van in a field off Pleasant Valley Road and fled into the woods.

Investigators raided Crook's house and arrested Flippo and two other women upon finding a meth lab in the residence, Bartlett said.

Flippo remained in Morgan County Jail on Thursday in lieu of $50,000 bond, charged with manufacturing meth and violating the Drug-Endangered Children's Act.

Crook apparently slipped through the perimeter authorities set up off Pleasant Valley Road, returned to the house after deputies had left, changed clothes and took off on a motorcycle.

Investigator Terry Kelly said that motorcycle turned out to be stolen when its owner bonded out of jail and discovered it missing.

Investigators found Flack at his 606 Millport Road home in Joppa on Aug. 31, but several searches in Morgan and Madison counties failed to turn up Crook, Bartlett said.

Morgan County Jail released Flack, who faces charges of attempted murder and first-degree robbery, Sep. 5 on $50,000 bond.

Crook remained jailed late Thursday in lieu of $101,000 bond.

Huntsville police placed a hold on Crook's release because they have outstanding warrants for him, Bartlett said. He did not say what the charges contained in those warrants were.

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