Robbery suspect arrested after search

Published 9:57 pm Friday, March 15, 2013

A suspect was arrested and charged with first-degree robbery and first-degree burglary after breaking into a victim’s home Thursday and threatening him at gunpoint.

Paul Edward Sheets Jr. is being held in Chilton County Jail with no bond set as of press time. He is also on Autauga County’s most wanted list.

Clanton Police Department officers resonded to a call of a robbery in progress in the 800 Block of Eighth Street North at about 8:30 a.m. Thursday.

Upon arrival, officers found that the suspect had fled the scene on foot.

The victim told officers that he entered his home to find a masked man, who pointed what he believed to be a gun at his face and forced him to the ground.

“The investigation revealed that the suspect had been watching the homeowner and did not expect the homeowner to return home that fast,” CPD Chief Brian Stilwell said. “The homeowner walked in on his home being burglarized and got robbed.”

Officers set up a perimeter around the location of the incident and received help from the Bibb County tracking dog team. The suspect was tracked into a small wooded area behind Rolling Oaks Apartments, and while the team was in pursuit, CPD officer Tara Mayfield spotted the suspect exiting the woods.

The suspect was taken into custody without incident.

“We are glad it ended the way it did with no one hurt,” Stilwell said.

Most of the victim’s property was recovered along with items from other burglaries, which are still under investigation.

Anyone with information about this incident or others should call Clanton Police Detective Lt. Erick Smitherman at 755-1194.