6 arrested in Chilton County, $80K in stolen property returned

Updated: May. 31, 2018 at 3:52 PM CDT
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CHILTON CO., AL (WSFA) - The Chilton County Sheriff's Office has arrested six suspects in connection with multiple robberies and has returned more than $80,000 in stolen property to the rightful owners.

An investigation started on May 23 when county investigators responded to a report of the burglary of a residence and outbuilding in the 2000 block of County Road 43.

The next day, while investigating a lead in a separate case involving a stolen motorcycle, police found items on County Road 878 that matched descriptions of items stolen in the County Road 43 investigation.

In addition to finding the stolen motorcycle, investigators found stolen items including a tractor, utility trailer, washer and dryer, and numerous power and hand tools.

After connecting the two crimes, authorities arrested Richard Elton Fairley and Brandon James Moore on charges of third-degree for burglary and first-degree theft of property. Fairley was also charged with the unlawful possession of a controlled substance and promoting prison contraband for attempts to bring methamphetamine into the county jail.

Several days later on May 27, residents on County Road 227, about a mile from the scene where all the stolen property was found, called the police to report some ATVs that were stuck in a swampy area on their properties.

Police responded to the scene and recovered a Polaris ATV and a Bad Boy Buggy, returning them to the owner on County Road 43.

On May 29, the Chilton County Sheriff's Office received reports of a stolen Chevrolet truck and multiple vehicle break-ins on the 5,000 block of County Road 76. Officers found and stopped the truck later in the day, arresting four people who were inside.

More investigating turned up $20,000 worth of firearms, jewelry, clothing, and keys in the truck.

The suspects: Joshua Eugean Bean, James Ryan Little, David Ryan Smith and Misty Lynn Bruner, were each charged with two counts of third-degree burglary, first and fourth-degree theft of property, and unlawful breaking and entering of a motor vehicle.

That case is also being forwarded to the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (AFT) and the U.S. Attorney's Office for the review of the possession of firearms.

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