Tuscaloosa County authorities say a man caught breaking into an ice dispenser on Monday night may be responsible for other burglaries in Tuscaloosa and Northport.
The ice dispenser in the 13000 block of Highway 43 North had been burglarized during the past week, so a Tuscaloosa County Sheriff's deputy staked out the scene.
Late Monday night, the deputy witnessed the suspect, 33-year-old Joshua Clint String, pull up and start to drill ice dispenser's lock. The deputy took String into custody.
Ice dispenser owner Jimmy Adams says he's happy to know deputies have arrested a suspect.
"He's taking away from my family and our means of income," Adams said.
Adams' ice dispenser is set up like a huge vending machine and it was the cold hard cash, not the ice, that Stringer was after.
Adams owns the ice dispenser on Highway 43 as well as a handful of others in the area. He's thankful the watchful deputy froze Stringer in his tracks.
"[The deputy] told me last night when we were beginning to leave, 'This is the most gratifying things I've had lately, to catch this guy,'" Adams said.
String admitted to the prior burglaries of the ice dispenser, Lt. Andy Norris with the Tuscaloosa County Sheriff's Office said.
Stringer was charged with three counts of third degree burglary, third degree attempted burglary and possession of burglar's tools. His bond totals $22,500.
Lt. Norris said Stringer may also be the suspect behind other burglaries at businesses in Tuscaloosa and Northport. He did not specify which businesses.
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