2 arrested for burglary ring

Published 9:06 pm Monday, January 12, 2009

At least 14 burglary cases in Chilton and Coosa counties were solved last week when an observant burglary victim witnessed two suspects who had broken into her home.

The suspects are Chad Jordan Campbell, 21, of Clanton and Tiffany Anne Mathews, 25, of Clanton.

Campbell was charged with eight counts of burglary, two counts of first degree theft of property, six counts of second degree theft of property, unlawful possession of a pistol without a permit, first degree manufacturing methamphetamine and possession of precursor chemicals. He is being held at the Chilton County Jail on $176,500 bond.

Mathews is facing eight counts of burglary, two counts of first degree theft of property, six counts second degree theft of property, three counts of fraudulent use of a credit card, and pistol without a permit. She is being held in the Chilton County Jail on $105,750 bond.

Over the last four weeks, the Chilton County Sheriff’s Department has received numerous reports of burglaries and thefts. On Jan. 6, a victim whose name was not released arrived home and observed two suspects inside the residence. Both suspects left in a vehicle headed toward Jemison.

“I’m so proud of the victim,” said Chilton County Sheriff Kevin Davis, “who kept enough composure to get a description of the vehicle and relay that information to the 911 operators.”

Deputy Moses and Jemison Police officers stopped the suspects’ vehicle on County Road 42 inside Jemison. Upon further investigation, the two suspects were arrested.

During a post-arrest inventory of the vehicle, Investigator Lee Falkner observed numerous items that had been taken from other burglaries throughout the county. In all, 10 burglaries in Chilton County and at least four cases in Coosa County were solved during the investigation.

Davis thanked all agencies that participated in the investigation and a job well done to his deputies.

– Brent Maze can be reached at brent.maze@clantonadvertiser.com.