Meridian Star

January 3, 2014

Man charged with burglary

By Brian Livingston / blivingston@themeridianstar.com
The Meridian Star

MERIDIAN —     Lauderdale County Sheriff's Department Chief Dep. Ward Calhoun said Thursday afternoon a man who was caught on a homeowner's game camera apparently stealing items from a shed has now been charged with burglary.

    Calhoun said Jason Lawrence Wilson, 37, has also been charged with DUI. Calhoun said Wilson has not been issued a bond and is being held in the Lauderdale County Adult Detention Facility in Meridian.

    Calhoun said a homeowner who lives on West Lauderdale School Road in Collinsville noticed December 28 some items in his shed had been moved around. Calhoun said the man knew he didn't move them and became suspicious someone was rummaging around on his property searching for things to steal.

    "The homeowner took a trail camera and set it up to see if indeed someone was snooping around on his property," Calhoun said. "Sure enough, on December 31, the camera caught a man, now identified as Wilson, walking off with a chain saw and other items."

    As luck would have it, Calhoun said a deputy was dispatched out to the general area a few days earlier to a report of a suspicious person. Calhoun said when the deputy arrived he found a man, Wilson, on the side of the road.

    "The deputy talked to Wilson and Wilson's story seemed to check out at the time," Calhoun said. "The deputy took down Wilson's ID information for his report. But when we got this photo from the homeowner we immediately saw that Wilson was up to other things."

    Investigators, now armed with the name, face and address of the suspect, began the process of trying to locate him. On New Years Day, one of the investigators came across Wilson in the parking lot of the Piggly Wiggly store in Collinsville, taking him into custody without further incident, Calhoun said.

    Calhoun said this is a perfect example of how residents can use technology in order to protect their homes and help law enforcement authorities apprehend suspects quicker.

    "Having this kind of evidence makes the prosecution of the crime much easier," Calhoun said. "What a great tool to use for home security. In this case the homeowner was proactive and the result was a quick arrest backed up by concrete evidence."