An attempt to stop a pickup truck with items in the bed has led to the arrest of two men accused of burglaries at Lake Harding, the Lee County Sheriff's Office said.
The suspects were identified as Timothy David Fleshman, 25, of Valley and Jeffery Todd Woody, 46, of Opelika. Fleshman was charged with three counts of burglary in the third degree, theft of property in the first degree and theft of property in the second degree and held in the Lee County Detention Facility on $12,000 bond. Woody faces one count of receiving stolen property in the first degree. He was released on $5,000 bond on Monday.
A sheriff deputy attempted to stop a Dodge Ram pickup on Lee Road 158 near Lee Road 278 in the Salem community on June 24. The deputy noticed items in the bed that matched the description of property reported stolen in a burglary on Lee Road 357.
After the deputy attempted to stop the vehicle, the driver sped away for a short distance before a tire blew out on the truck. He fled from the scene on foot . Deputies found two metal pipe threading machines, a stove and various pieces of scrap metal inside the pickup's bed. Items were later identified as property from a burglary.
A week ago, Woody was identified as the driver of the truck that fled from the deputy. Fleshman was identified as a co-defendant to three burglaries in the Lake Harding area.
Anyone with information on this case or other crimes should contact the Lee County Sheriff's Office 334-749-5651.