Burglary suspect caught after lockdown at McAdory schools

Burglary suspect caught after lockdown at McAdory schools

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Deputies caught the suspect in a home break-in after residents shared a photo of the suspect on their neighborhood watch Facebook page. Source: WBRC video Deputies caught the suspect in a home break-in after residents shared a photo of the suspect on their neighborhood watch Facebook page. Source: WBRC video
McAdory middle and high schools were locked down as a precaution while deputies searched for the suspect. Source: WBRC video McAdory middle and high schools were locked down as a precaution while deputies searched for the suspect. Source: WBRC video
Brandon Wilson. Source: Jefferson County Sheriff's Office Brandon Wilson. Source: Jefferson County Sheriff's Office
JEFFERSON COUNTY, AL (WBRC) -

A burglary suspect was caught after a manhunt prompted a lockdown at McAdory middle and high schools Tuesday morning.

The schools were placed on lockdown as a precaution while authorities searched for a suspect in a home break-in.

Jefferson County deputies spent the morning looking for a man who broke into a home on South Clubview Circle in the Letson Farms subdivision in McCalla.

Deputies say the homeowner came home to find the suspect inside his house. The suspect pointed a pistol at him, threatened to shoot, then fled on foot carrying several stolen items.

Deputies searched the area with a K9 unit and tracked the suspect to another home in Letson Farms, but the suspect had escaped in a vehicle. While they were recovering the stolen items in the seconde home, the suspect drove back to the scene and was arrested.

Brandon Wilson, a 25-year-old from Parrish, has been charged with first degree robbery, burglary armed with a weapon and theft of property. Each charge carries a $250,000 bond.

Deputy Chief Randy Christian said Wilson was staying with a friend in the Letson Farms community. He has previously been arrested on drug charges.

Christian said they found other evidence that may connect Wilson to other burglaries. He expects more charges to be filed in the case.

Wilson was captured in part thanks to a neighborhood watch program.

"We have our own Facebook page here at Letson Farms. Different neighbors put on different posts to say, 'Hey, be on the lookout of this that or the other,'" Ricky Nance with the neighborhood watch program said.

"We had some ladies walking in the neighborhood they saw this gentleman, the suspect, and they took pics and I hope that helped solve the case," Nance said.

Letson Farms' neighborhood watch program began after there were several robberies and car-break ins during the past few months.

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