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Burglary Suspect Behind Bars

By Sam Poe
Wednesday, November 26, 2014 | 1:11 AM

Brittney Nicole Hammersley Butler was arrested Monday for burglarizing a home. The burglary took place at the Caldwell residence on State Highway 241 North in Bear Creek on November 12, 2014. Bear Creek Police Chief Shane Whitten stated the home owners reported several personal items missing from the home including mounted deer and fish, fishing rods, a sofa, and a 16’ utility trailer. The owners also gave Chief Whitten a few names of people they felt might have been involved in the burglary.

Chief Whitten interviewed Hammersley at her residence on County Highway 62 in Haleyville on November 18, 2014. Hammersley denied any knowledge of the crime, and Whitten left the home. Within minutes, Hammersley contacted Whitten and admitted her role in the crime. She then took Whitten to a neighbor’s shop where some of the stolen items were being stored.

The Bear Creek Police Department obtained warrants for Hammersley’s arrest Monday, November 24, 2014. Chief Whitten was not able to find Hammersley at her home, but with Sergeant Jason Williams of the Haleyville Police Department located Hammersley driving behind the Haleyville Fire Station. He detained Hammersley until Chief Whitten could meet them at the Haleyville Police Department. Whitten then transported Hammersley to the Marion County Jail where she is being held on a $45,000 bond. Hammersley is charged with Theft of Property 1st Degree, Theft of Property 2nd Degree, and Burglary 3rd Degree.

Chief Whitten issued the following statement regarding this arrest:

“I investigate all crimes to the best of my ability. It is my responsibility to serve the Town of Bear Creek, and if you are involved in a crime, you will be charged with the maximum penalty allowed by law. I have a zero tolerance policy, no matter how small the crime may be. I want to make this a great and safe place to live for my family and yours.

I would also like to thank the Haleyville Police Department for assistance with this arrest. Within a matter of minutes from receiving the arrest warrants, we were able to work together to take another criminal off the streets. I especially would like to thank Haleyville Police Chief Kyle Reogas for encouraging his officers to work so closely with the Bear Creek Police Department. The City of Bear Creek is very lucky to have the assistance of the Haleyville Police Department, and it does not go unnoticed.”

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