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DECATUR — A Decatur man who stole a home security system from a store and tried to use his mother as a getaway driver was arrested Saturday after police said they caught him driving a stolen car.

A sworn affidavit from Decatur Police said an off-duty officer spotted the 36-year-old man pulling into the lot of the Rural King, 1920 S. Mount Zion Rd. The officer called for back-up and the man was arrested at the scene; police said the car he was driving had been reported stolen in Decatur on Sept. 22.

In the earlier theft incident involving the man's mother, Decatur Police Officer Edward Cunningham said the woman had driven the man to Decatur’s Farm & Fleet store, 1191 W. Southside Drive, on Aug. 14 and had agreed to wait while he went inside.

“She advised (he) came running back to the car and put something in the trunk. She said he then got into the car and said something similar to ‘Go, go, go,’” said Cunningham. “She said she refused to go and got out of the car with the keys.”

The man was able to grab the keys away and fled in the car, leaving the woman behind. When store staff later reviewed surveillance footage, they saw the man walking out the store with a home security system valued at $300.

After his arrest Saturday, the man was booked on preliminary charges of motor vehicle and retail theft and possession of stolen property; preliminary charges are subject to review by the state’s attorney. He is being held without bond in the Macon County Jail.


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Contact Tony Reid at (217) 421-7977. Follow him on Twitter: @TonyJReid

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