Suspects caught in Brundidge store burglary

Published 8:37 pm Monday, October 11, 2010

A domestic violence complaint in Coffee County led to the arrest of two men who are suspected in the weekend burglary of the Piggly Wiggly in Brundidge.

Officials say Lance Corey Bailey, 21, of Opp, and Robert Corey Lee, 29, of Elba, forced Lee’s girlfriend to drive them to Brundidge, where they are suspected of breaking into the Piggly Wiggly store around 10 p.m. Saturday night.

According to Coffee County Sheriff’s Department Sgt. Tony Harrison, the men were brought to the attention of the Coffee County department by Lee’s girlfriend, when she came to file a domestic violence complaint. “She said they stole a few things from convenience stores in town and she didn’t want any of that. She said he beat her up and made her drive them to Brundidge, where she got rid of them,” Harrison said. “When she gets home, she came in to make a warrant.”

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When the Coffee County deputies when to investigate the suspects, they found both what appeared to be crystal meth and smoking devices on both the men, Harrison said.

“Both of them have been charged with possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia,” he said. The first charge is a Class C felony. They were being held without bond in the Coffee County jail.

“We’re asking the DA to revoke all bonds because they committed a crime while out on bond,” Harrison said. Lee had pending drug-related charges in both Pike and Coffee counties, Harrison said.

Meanwhile, Brundidge Police Chief Moses Davenport said his investigators are working to secure burglary warrants.

He said the suspects entered the store through the back door, sometime around 10 p.m.

“They stole five bottles of iodine, 15 cans of Grizzly long-leaf snuff and three cartons of Marlboro cigarettes,” Davenport said. “We have videotape of them running around inside the store.”

Davenport said the cooperation of the Coffee County Sheriff’s Department is appreciated. “We thank them for their assistance,” he said.