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Four charged in string of two-state burglaries


Ryan Poe



Two men and a juvenile have been charged with a string of burglaries in Alabama and one at the Stateline Express gas station in Lowndes County. 


A fourth defendant, 17-year-old Angela Kay Cox of 6740 Highway 43, No. 13 in Guin, Ala., was also charged with the Lowndes County burglary.  


Marion County, Ala. deputies arrested the suspects Monday morning shortly after they broke into the gas station on Highway 12 at about 1 a.m., said Lowndes County Detective Tony Cooper. 


Cox, Eric Childers, 19, of 314 Mongtmery St. in Russellville, Ala., and a 16-year-old male from Berry, Ala., were in the same vehicle when they were arrested.  


Cox, who only faces charges in Lowndes, was extradited back to Mississippi from Marion County, Ala. 


Marion deputies also arrested James Belk, 17, of 111 Earnest Court Apartment in Guin, Ala., who was found beside the road after his vehicle hit a deer in Marion County.  


He was trying to remove some debris from the engine when his hand was caught and mangled in the fan, Cooper said. 


Belk escaped during the night from UAB Hospital at Birmingham, where he was taken for surgery.  


Authorities believe he is in the area or heading to where his family lives in New Orleans. 


Deputies recovered the beer and cigarettes the four suspects stole from the gas station, Cooper said.




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