Phenix City man arrested, charged with burglary

Anthony James (Source: Lee County Sheriff’s Office)
Anthony James (Source: Lee County Sheriff’s Office)

PHENIX CITY, AL (WTVM) - The Lee County Sheriff's Office arrested 35-year-old Anthony Joshua James  of Phenix City on Wednesday October 31.

James was charged with one count of burglary in the third degree, one count of theft of property in the first degree, one count of fleeing and attempting to elude, and one outstanding warrant for failure to pay.

James is currently being held in the Lee County Detention Facility on a $9,000 and the no bond FTA warrant.

At approximately 3 p.m. CST on Oct. 31, Lee County Sheriff's Investigators pulled into the parking lot of a Smiths business located on Lee Road 240 when they observed a suspicious individual sitting in a parked vehicle with two large flat screen televisions inside of it.

The investigators attempted to make contact with the suspect who then fled from the parking lot in his vehicle.  After a brief vehicle chase, the suspect ran into a ditch on Lee Road 240 and then fled on foot but was pursued by the investigators who apprehended him in a wooded area a short distance from the vehicle he abandoned.

A search of the suspect revealed possible evidence linking him to a residential break in on Lee Road 960 Smiths, Alabama.  Lee County Sheriff's Deputies responded to the residence and spoke with homeowners who discovered that their home had in fact been broken into and property stolen.

The homeowners reported approximately $1,700 worth of property stolen from their home including flat screen televisions, various types of jewelry and other miscellaneous items.  The majority of this victim's stolen property was recovered in James' vehicle.

If you have any information about this case or any other case please contact Lee County Crime Stoppers at 1-888-522-7847.

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