Arrests made in thefts

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Staff Report

A Selma man remained jailed Wednesday for snatching a woman’s purse, breaking into a car and stealing a cell phone while a routine stop prompted the arrest of a 23-year-old on drug charges, police reported in two separate incidents.

Demario Antron Shelton, 18, was placed on $10,000 bond after Selma police officers apprehended him in an alley in the 200 block of Church St. During the chase Fuller reportedly dropped a cell phone, which had been taken earlier in the day.

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SPD Det. Frederick Walker said Shelton grabbed the purse of Tracy Braxton, and fled. According to police reports Shelton made off with $5.

Walker said police found the cell phone clip, which matched the phone stolen after Shelton allegedly broke the front passenger’s window of Gloria W. Jones’s 1997 Ford Taurus.

“He’s a repeat offender. He has a record as long as both arms,” Walker said. “But he’s an adult now.”

Shelton was charged with robbery third degree, and unlawful breaking and entering into a vehicle.

In an unrelated incident, Cedric Fuller, 23, was stopped last weekend by police while driving a vehicle police sought for reportedly firing shots. Authorities were answering a call on Second Avenue when Officer Jeffrey Hardy attempted to stop Fuller, who was in the area and matched the description.

Hardy said he eventually stopped and police smelled burning marijuana.

“A search of the vehicle yielded 18 grams of crack cocaine

that fell from behind the ash tray,” Hardy said. “He gave us the false name of Michael Moore. He did not have a firearm and we still don’t know if he did the shooting.”

Fuller remained jailed Wednesday on $72,500 bond.

There were no reports of injuries from the shots fired call.