A Blue Mountain man was beaten and then bound while his house was burglarized by two Anniston men Sunday morning, police said.
Anniston police responded to an Oakridge Avenue home after a report of suspicious men around the property and found the 70-year-old homeowner bound tight with tape, Anniston police Sgt. Kyle Price said on Monday.
“They forced entry through the front door,” Price said of the burglars. “Then they assaulted the homeowner and stole numerous items.”
Price declined to say who called 911, but said it was not the homeowner.
According to a police report, the incident occurred between 8:30 a.m. and 9 a.m. Sunday, and the suspects took the man’s cell phone, a knife, a portable drill, a pack of cigarettes and $80 in cash.
The homeowner is expected to make a full recovery from his injuries, Price said.
Price said neighbors noticed a suspicious vehicle around the time of the incident and provided police with a description of a red Toyota Tacoma.
“Hours later an officer saw what appeared to be the vehicle and conducted a traffic stop,” Price said. “Based on a suspect description, the officer was able to identify one of the occupants as a suspect in the burglary.”
Price said the second man in the vehicle was later identified as another suspect in the same case.
“It was about eight hours between the time of the incident and when we charged the two men,” Price said.
Tanner Lake Faulkner, 20, and Steven Brad Mulkey, 24, were both charged with first-degree burglary, a Class A felony punishable by up to life in prison.