House burglary foiled

Published 10:31 pm Wednesday, July 22, 2009

SELMA — Nancy Lea picked up her cell phone shortly after lunch Wednesday to hear a friend tell her police were at her house on McLeod.

She rushed to the house from Highland Avenue.

“I think I broke every law in the book,” she said of the drive home.

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Shortly after noon, Lea’s alarm activated in the 100 block of McLeod. Selma Police officer Bart Watkins responded. He saw two males leaving the home with a laptop.

“When he went to apprehend the suspects, they resisted arrest,” said Lt. David Evans, a spokesman for the police department.

Watkins and the two juveniles struggled. The officer used pepper spray on the two 16-year-olds.

“They fought in my living room,” Lea said. “They processed my house; I have fingerprint dust all over the place.”

Lea said her laptop was gone and a desktop computer was on the floor.

“I have nothing but praise for the police,” she said. “I am not complaining.”

Lea said she must have failed to shut her door until it locked, allowing the teenagers access to her house. “There’s a big scuff mark on the door,” she said.

Authorities reported the two juveniles had recently been released from the Juvenile Detention Center. Both had been released about two months ago.

Officers sent the juveniles back to the detention center and charged them with burglary, third degree, and resisting arrest.

The Code of Alabama defines the crime as a person who “knowingly enters or remains unlawfully in a building with intent to commit a crime therein.”