Alleged thief captured

Published 12:00 am Friday, September 26, 2003

The wanted poster of Cornelius Doris Steele in the Selma Police Department now has large, bold red letters spanning across his face that read &uot;Captured.&uot; Selma’s most wanted criminal was arrested Tuesday after eluding police for nearly a month.

Steele, 28, was wanted on charges of first-degree theft and certain persons in possession of a firearm, both of which are felonies.

The charges stem from an incident that occurred on Aug. 29, when Steele allegedly lead officers with the Dallas County Sheriff’s and Selma Police departments on a high-speed chase in a residential area just off Highland Avenue.

According to the police report, a woman arrived at a local beauty saloon early that same morning to find a black male standing at the entrance and peering through the windows. The subject then stepped aside, snatched the woman’s purse and sped away in a red car.

Sheriff’s Deputy Randy Tucker, the report stated, made contact with the vehicle and followed the suspect when he tried to evade police.

The suspect then stopped the car at Plant Street and ran from the scene on foot.

At the time of the chase, a local woman named Anonia Leshore and her baby were inside the vehicle. Leshore, also 28, was arrested at the scene for theft of property and endangering the welfare a child.

Investigators were not able to locate Steele until he was spotted by Detective Tory Neely in the 2200 block of Alabama Avenue yesterday.

Steele tried to run away after he was spotted and Neely called for back up.

Along with the detective, Lt. Kenneth King, Lt. Susan Smith, Sgt. Joe Bills and officer Willie Billingsley assisted in the capture.

Investigators also found a loaded pistol in a cluster of bushes near where the arrest took place.

The investigators also wanted to convey their appreciation to the citizens of that area for their cooperation.

Hinson said that it is likely that other felonies could be connected to Steele as well.