According to Capt. Leon Thomas, officers apprehended Talladega native Matthew Keith Poole, 29, on three counts of burglary and one count of possession of drug paraphernalia after a container holding a white powder substance fell out of his sweatpants. Rodney Dale Cooper, 24, also of Talladega, was charged with one count of burglary.
The first burglary took place between 10:35-11:15 a.m. at 69635 Alabama 77 North, where silverware, copper wiring worth $500 and a safe containing $10,000 in jewelry and coins were taken. There was also more than $500 in damage to the residence.
The second and third burglaries occurred at approximately 2:15 p.m. The victim, who owned both residences, told investigators windows were broken at each residence, but no property was taken.
At approximately 3 p.m., officers stopped a black Pontiac Grand Am containing the two individuals in the Jack’s parking lot in Talladega because the car had an expired tag.
Thomas said further investigation revealed the driver of the vehicle possessed a suspended license and the license plate did not match the vehicle.
Shortly after the vehicle was towed and the driver was cited for the infractions, the officers noticed the substance that fell from Poole’s sweatpants, leading them to place Poole and Cooper under arrest.
Judge Jeb Fannin set bond at $20,000 for Poole and $5,000 for Cooper.
Third-degree burglary and possession of drug paraphernalia are Class C felonies, carrying a punishment of one year and one day to 10 years in prison upon conviction.
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