Birmingham couple arrested on burglary charges

Published 8:33 pm Friday, August 6, 2010

Chilton County Sheriff’s Deputies and Clanton Police have arrested a husband and wife team suspected in a string of burglaries in the Clanton, Jemison, Calera, rural Chilton County and Autauga County areas.

Quantez Nathan Perry and Sonya Denise Perry, both of Birmingham, were arrested on Wednesday, Aug. 4 following a short foot pursuit and scuffle with law enforcement officers.

Quantez Perry was arrested leaving the scene of a residential burglary located at 847 Lake Mitchell Road in Clanton, according to Clanton Police. A passerby had reportedly become suspicious and dialed 9-1-1, which led to the arrest.

Cpt. Erick Smitherman with the sheriff’s department was the first officer on the scene. Upon arriving at the residence, he noticed a back door had been forced open. The male suspect exited the door and a foot pursuit ensued, and he was apprehended close to the residence.

Sonya Perry was arrested at the Lake Mitchell Exxon. Both offenders were armed at the time of arrest.

“It just happened that we had people in the area and the response time was good,” Chilton County Sheriff Kevin Davis said. “We are appreciative of the help from the citizen who made the 911 call.”

Davis also commended other agencies involved, which included Clanton PD, Jemison PD, Calera PD and the Autauga County Sheriff’s Department.

“It was good police work between all agencies to bring them to justice,” he said.

Detectives with Clanton Police Department have signed 29 warrants on the two listed offenders stemming from seven burglaries within Clanton city limits. The bonds have been set at $260,000 for each defendant on these cases. Both were charged with seven counts of burglary and theft of property, and Quantez Perry was also charged with one count receiving stolen property for being in possession of a stolen firearm.

Clanton Police Chief Brian Stilwell said Sonya Perry has been cooperative with law enforcement.

“(She) has told detectives that they were planning on going out like Bonnie and Clyde,” Stilwell said, adding, “I am glad no one was hurt. The sheriff’s deputies and police officers did an outstanding job making this arrest with only minor injuries to Mr. Perry.”

The couple also face 22 total charges (11 each) for crimes in the Jemison area ranging from burglary to theft of property to criminal mischief. Jemison PD has set $220,000 bond on each.

“It’s unfortunate that things like this happen, but they do,” said Jemison Police Chief Shane Fulmer, recognizing all agencies involved. “It’s not uncommon that we get out-of-towners. The majority of our (incidents) were within a 2-mile radius of the Interstate.”

Jemison Police are in the process of recovering the stolen property so that it can be returned to the victims.

Meanwhile, much property was recovered from a Birmingham residence after Chilton County Sheriff’s Investigator Shane Lockhart presented a search warrant to a Jefferson County judge, who approved the warrant.

Both Davis and Fulmer indicated that further charges are pending.

“Of course, it doesn’t stop there,” Fulmer said. “You’ve got to connect all these cases and do a lot more investigation.”