Burglary suspects say they were trying to save victim's donkey

Burglary suspects caught in the act say they were just trying to save victim's donkey

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L-R: Allyson Gay, Herschel Simmons and Stephen Mangham. Source: Jefferson Co. Sheriff's Office L-R: Allyson Gay, Herschel Simmons and Stephen Mangham. Source: Jefferson Co. Sheriff's Office
JEFFERSON COUNTY, AL (WBRC) -

A homeowner turned the tables on some burglary suspects yesterday in western Jefferson County who had some colorful excuses for their alleged theft.

The owner found three people on his property on Blue Creek Road allegedly trying to steal tools. Three storage buildings and three vehicles had been broken into.

The homeowner confronted the suspects and held them at gunpoint until Jefferson County Sheriff's deputies arrived.

Deputies say the suspects provided two different stories for their actions. They first said that someone had told them they could enter the property and collect scrap metal. When they were told that the victim said this wasn't true, the suspects then tried to tell the deputies that they had noticed the victim's donkey outside of the fence and they were trying to coax it back in with a cracker.

All three suspects now face charges of burglary and possession of burglary tools and are being held in the Jefferson County Jail on $36,000 bond each. They are:

-Stephen Ray Mangham, 33, of Brookwood.

-Herschel Simmons, 51, of Tuscaloosa.

-Allyson Starr Gay, 23, of Brookwood.

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