OPD solves crimes

Published 11:59 pm Monday, February 9, 2009

Two Samson residents, including one who was apprehended after a foot pursuit, were arrested early Saturday morning in connection with a burglary in Opp, as well as burglaries in other counties.

Opp Assistant Police Chief Mike McDonald said Monday that William Kay Colburn Jr., 30, and Shaina Pray, 30, of Samson, were each charged with first degree theft of property and third degree burglary.

“At approximately 2:40 a.m. Saturday, an OPD third shift officer was conducting a routine patrol in the area of Lemar Plaza when he observed a suspicious vehicle parked in front of the Data Net,” McDonald said. “When the officer approached the vehicle, he observed a male subject run from the Data Net store and enter the vehicle. The vehicle then fled the scene at a high rate of speed.”

McDonald said the vehicle fled south down Hattaway Road as several OPD third shift officers joined in the pursuit. The vehicle eventually left the road on Hattaway Road, south of Beulah Street, and Colburn fled from the vehicle on foot through the woods.

McDonald said that Covington County Sheriff’s Office deputies and a K-9 team responded to the scene and pursued Colburn through the forest. Colburn surrendered to officers at 4:02 a.m., and officers recovered six laptop computers that had been stolen from the Data Net store.

McDonald said that further investigation by OPD investigators has implicated Colburn and Pray’s involvement in burglaries in the cities of Andalusia, Troy, Enterprise and Dothan, as well as rural Coffee County.

“The third shift patrol officer did an outstanding job to recognize a situation that looked out of place,” McDonald said. “He did an outstanding job with the vehicular pursuit and our officers, with the assistance of Covington County Sheriff’s Office deputies, managed to get this man into custody.

“It looks like these people hit a lot of places and it’s good to make sure they’re now off the street. It will make not only our own community safer, but also hopefully the communities in these other counties safer as well.”

The suspects were taken to the Covington County Jail following their arrests. Each was charged with first degree theft of property and third degree burglary and held on a $150,000 bond.