LEE COUNTY, AL (WTVM) - Two men have been arrested for their involvement in several burglaries in the Lake Harding area of Lee County, Ala.
On June 23, a Lee County Deputy Sheriff attempted to conduct a traffic stop on a Dodge Ram Pickup on Lee Road 158 near Lee Road 278 in the Salem community. The deputy had noticed several items piled up in the bed of the truck that matched items reported stolen during a recent residential burglary that occurred on Lee Road 357 in Valley, Ala.
The deputy turned around and activated his emergency equipment, but the male driver sped away for a short distance before a tire blew out on his vehicle. The driver, later identified as 46-year-old Jeffery Todd Woody of Opelika, exited the vehicle and fled the scene on foot.
Loaded in the bed of the truck were two metal pipe threading machines, a stove, and various pieces of scrap metal. The items were later identified by the home owner as property that had been stolen from their home during a burglary.
During the investigation, 25-year-old Timothy David Fleshman of Valley was identified as a co-defendant in this crime and was linked to three burglaries in the Lake Harding area.
On June 24 at approximately 9:30 a.m. CST, Lee County Sheriff's Investigators arrested Fleshman and Woody.
Fleshman was charged with three counts of third degree burglary, first degree theft of property and second degree theft of property. Fleshman is currently being held in the Lee County Detention Facility on a $12,000 bond.
Woody was charged with receiving stolen property in the first degree. Woody was released on June 29 after posting a $5,000 bond.
These cases are still under investigation and anyone with information about this case or similar crimes is urged to please contact the Lee County Sheriff's Office at 1-334-749-5651.