A car chase that ended with an arrest of three suspects led to many questions being answered about an unsolved multi-county theft spree totaling more than $100,000.
Not one, but two high speed pursuits in two weeks has what the Madison County Sheriff calls a "career criminal" and his two alleged accomplices in jail.
“The first police chase was a stolen welding truck from Houston,” added Madison County Sheriff Travis Neeley. "And then a second truck was stolen out of Huntsville."
Neeley says the driver was 26-year-old Brandon Hoover.
"When we pulled up to the scene we could just tell judging by the ‘M-O’ involved that it sounded like Hoover again. That's his M-O: crash the car, crash the fence and then steal what you can and get out of there,” Neeley explained.
Authorities believe Hoover, along with 23-year-old Jacob Andrusick and 19-year-old Kenneth Spencer have been stealing farming equipment, including tractors, trailers and pick-up trucks from five different counties over the last three weeks.
“Last week dispatch received a call about a suspicious truck driving through pastures and fences over here off of Spur 67, Rocky Ridge,” Neeley said.
Madison County Sheriff Travis Neeley says Hoover and Andrusick's footprints left at several different crime scenes -- connected the two to the thefts. Once the suspects were behind closed doors -- their alleged confessions opened the door and provided answers to a number of unsolved thefts and burglaries spanning across five different counties.
“Hoover took investigators to Houston, North Harris County where a trailer and two four-wheelers from Leon County were recovered; he then took them to San Jacinto County where another tractor and trailer was stolen,” Neeley explained.
And the list goes on...
“We recovered our two four-wheelers here and a trailer; and one truck was stolen from Houston and another from Walker County and both of those have been recovered,” Neeley said.
Hoover remains in Jail indefinitely without bond on aggravated assault of a public servant, after he allegedly attempted running over an officer; evading arrest/detention with vehicle, unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, burglary of a habitation, unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon, unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, fugitive warrant/indictment theft, driving with license invalid with previous conviction, evading arrest/detention with vehicle, theft of property over $500 but less than $1,500, unauthorized use of a motor vehicle.
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