Weaver manhunt

Weaver police, Calhoun County Sheriff's Deputies and U.S. Marshals wait near the scene where burglary suspects abandoned a stolen vehicle after a short chase. (Kirsten Fiscus / The Anniston Star)

Weaver police arrested one suspect in a home burglary and car chase on Tuesday, officials announced Wednesday.

Casey Ross Shannon, 29, was charged with third-degree burglary, attempting to elude, controlled substance and drug paraphernalia possession after he was captured on the Ladiga Trail, Weaver police Investigator Michael Kane said by phone on Wednesday.

A Weaver woman called 911 to report her neighbor’s house on Hilltop Road was being broken into Tuesday around noon, Weaver Police Lt. Charles Plitt said Tuesday. The woman gave the dispatcher a description of a burgundy Chevrolet Tahoe and Plitt quickly located the vehicle on Alexandria-Jacksonville Highway, about three miles from the house, he said.

After a short chase down a dead-end road, through homeowners’ front yards and down the bank of the Little Tallasseehatchee Creek, three suspects abandoned the Tahoe and fled on foot, Plitt said.

A Weaver police officer spotted Shannon around 4:45 p.m. with a backpack that appeared to be one described by the burglary victim as missing, Kane said.

“The way he looked and was dressed was the way he was described to us,” Kane said. “He took off running when he saw the sergeant.”

Kane said police surrounded the area of the trail around Warren Drive in Jacksonville about two and a half miles from where the vehicle was abandoned. Shannon was arrested around 5:25 p.m., Kane said.

“Chief Bush found him in a patch of kudzu hiding out on the trail,” Kane said. “There was other property in the backpack that belonged to the victims.”

Police also found property taken from the home in the vehicle which was reported stolen in Anniston, Plitt said. Kane declined to specify what was taken from the home but said “it was easy things to grab.”

“I think we’ve recovered a good bit of it but I don’t think we have it all,” the investigator said.

Efforts to reach Anniston police investigators about the stolen vehicle on Wednesday were not immediately successful.

Kane said he could not confirm exactly how many suspects police were searching for.

“We’re trying to talk to more folks and see if we can round up the other individuals,” he said. “I’m not sure how many we’ll have by the end of it.”

Weaver police took Shannon to the Calhoun County Jail Tuesday night and he remained there Wednesday. No bond had been set, according to a jail administrator.

 

​Staff writer Kirsten Fiscus: 256-235-3563. On Twitter @kfiscus_star.