Sears burglary foiled

Published 12:00 am Monday, September 30, 2002

An Andalusia resident is in the Covington County Jail without bond following an apparent burglary incident at the Sears store in Andalusia on Saturday.

According to a release from the Covington County Sheriff's Department, Deputy Blaine Wilson was on routine night patrol early Saturday morning, and after leaving the sheriff's

office, he noticed a suspicious person walking across Hillcrest Drive, behind the Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurant in Andalusia, with what appeared to be boxes under both arms.

When Wilson attempted to speak with the subject, the individual began to run towards the Hide-A-Way Trailer Park.

A foot chase

then began through the thick and rough terrain in the immediate area.

Shortly after the chase began, Wilson, along with a concerned citizen, apprehended the subject.

Upon further investigation, it was determined that the subject, Andy Franklin, a resident of the Hide-A-Way Trailer Park, was in possession of a large undisclosed amount of cash, checks, a variety of burglar tools and merchandise from Sears in Andalusia.

The subject was then taken to the jail, where he is being held with no bond pending further investigation by Detective James Beaman of the Andalusia Police Department.

Deputy Wilson said he would like to thank the concerned citizen for his help in the apprehension of the subject.

Wilson said he also would like to thank Andalusia Police Department officers, Covington County Sheriff Sergeant Chris Byrd and his K-9 unit Koala, as well as others who contributed in bringing the subject to justice.

Said Wilson, "The positive outcome of this case was simply being in the right place at the right time, with the right people to assist. When we, as agencies, work together, we can accomplish anything."

Andalusia Police Chief Wilbur Williams Jr.said entry was also possibly made in a business next to Sears, but said it has not been determined as of yet whether a double charge of burglary will be filed yet.