Neighbor reports burglary, leads to arrest

Neighbor reports burglary, leads to arrest

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24-year-old Jesse Alan Carroll (Photo: Jefferson County Sheriff's Office) 24-year-old Jesse Alan Carroll (Photo: Jefferson County Sheriff's Office)
This is the neighborhood where the burglary occurred. Source: Alan Collins/WBRC This is the neighborhood where the burglary occurred. Source: Alan Collins/WBRC
BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) -

The Jefferson County Sheriff's Office says they arrested a man on Monday for burglary.

According to Chief Deputy Randy Christian, deputies responded to a report of a burglary in progress around 4 p.m. in the 2500 block of Hampstead Drive in Grayson Valley. A neighbor reported a man breaking into a house and an 11-year-old girl running away from it.

The neighbor was able to give a description of the suspect that was broadcast to responding units. It was also reported that the suspect was seen carrying items from the home to another nearby residence.

"It's the kind of burglary that makes any parents hair on the their neck standup and heart pound a little bit," Chief Deputy Randy Christian said.

Deputies found the suspect at the second residence and took him into custody. He was identified as the man who had broken into the little girl's home. Two laptop computers and a flat screen television were recovered by deputies.

The girl went to a neighbor's home and was cared for until the capture of the suspect.

"What I'm most proud of the little girl and I think was mighty brave and also well trained by her parents in an escape plan. She didn't panic. She knew what to do," Christian said.

The suspect was taken to the Center Point substation to be interviewed by detectives. While there, he attempted to escape by picking the lock on the handcuffs with a paper clip. The escape attempt was not successful.

24-year-old Jesse Alan Carroll is charged with 2nd degree burglary, 3rd degree theft of property and 3rd degree escape. He is being held in the Jefferson County Jail on a $42,000 bond.

People who live in the community say drugs have been a problem. Christian says he believes drugs were the motivation for Carroll in this case.

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