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Oops! Cell Phone Left Behind in Ala. Burglary Leads to Arrest, Say Officials

Tyler Blake Garrison (Russellville Police Dept.)

Oops! Cell Phone Left in Ala. Burglary Leads to Arrest
Tyler Blake Garrison (Russellville Police Dept.)

RUSSELLVILLE, Ala. (CBS/AP) Police investigating a home burglary in Russellville found a surprising clue - a cell phone that got left behind.

Franklin County District Attorney Joey Rushing said the phone was left near where a computer was taken in the weekend burglary.

Investigators began calling some of the phone numbers and determined the phone belonged to a 19-year-old who was on probation for a previous burglary.

The prosecutor said police also got surveillance video from the Wal-Mart in Russellville that shows the suspect cashing in coins believed to have been taken during the burglary.

Rushing said, "It helps when you've got stupid criminals."

The cell phone's owner, Tyler Blake Garrison, was questioned and charged with burglary.

He remained in jail Wednesday. Garrison's attorney, Jeff Barksdale, declined comment.

  • Edecio Martinez

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