Burglary suspects apprehended in stolen car

Published 1:51 pm Thursday, May 31, 2018

A stolen vehicle and various power tools, firearms, jewelry and clothing were not missing for long, thanks to the Chilton County Sheriff’s Office.

Joshua Eugean Bean, 33, Misty Lynn Bruner, 29, James Ryan Little, 23, and David Ryan Smith, 46, were arrested on May 29 with two counts of burglary in the third degree, theft of property in the first degree, theft of property in the fourth degree and unlawful breaking and entering a motor vehicle.

The case was the second of two significant burglary/theft cases closed by CCSO the last week of May.

A report detailing the stolen items and multiple breaking and entering of vehicles on a County Road 76 residence spurred CCSO into an investigation on May 29, which halted abruptly around 12:25 p.m. the same day when investigator Rodney Hurst located and apprehended the stolen Chevrolet truck on County Road 97 near Providence Baptist Church, according to a press release by Sheriff John Shearon of CCSO.

Occupants Bean, Bruner, Little and Smith were detained during further investigation of the vehicle, which revealed six stolen firearms, an air rifle, jewelry, clothing and keys from the County Road 76 property.

“After conducting interviews with individuals in the vehicle, investigators were able to recover an air compressor, water pump and band saw that had already been sold at a separate location,” according to Shearon.

Approximately $20,000 in stolen property was returned to the rightful owner.

“Investigators have also forwarded a copy of this case to ATF (Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives) and the U.S. Attorney’s Office for review and possible prosecution under federal law for Felon in Possession of Firearm,” the release states. “Anytime we can partner with federal law enforcement agencies to take repeat offenders out of our community we do so.”

Bean, Little, Smith and Bruner are in the custody of the Chilton County Jail.

“Our investigators work every day to investigate these crimes and to return as much property to the rightful owners as possible. The national average for clearance by arrest on burglary is 13.1 percent,” Shearon said. “In 2018, we have cleared approximately 30 percent of our burglary cases by arrest — more than twice the national average. We strive to close as many cases as time and manpower allow and to return the victim’s property that they worked hard for.”