A high-speed chase that began late Sunday night ended early Monday with a Columbus, Georgia, native facing four third-degree burglary charges and one misdemeanor charge of assaulting a police K-9.
According to Talladega County Sheriff Jimmy Kilgore, 26-year-old Corey Marall Davis began his burgling spree at Waldo Quick Stop in Waldo before hitting three more convenience stores — M.D.’s Save A Stop in Sycamore, Lucky Food Mart in Sylacauga and Victory Lane Pit Stop in Lincoln.
“When the alarm went off, a Lincoln PD unit was dispatched to the call at Victory Lane,” Kilgore said. “When officers arrived, they saw a vehicle leaving the store, and they began chasing the vehicle down Curry Station Road.”
Lincoln Police Department investigator Matt Hill said the suspect was driving a black Kia SUV when he fled the scene at around 4 a.m.
Kilgore said Davis led officers from both agencies as well as the Talladega Police Department on a chase down Curry Station Road driving at close to 90 mph, but Davis crashed the vehicle at the intersection of Curry Station Road at Alabama 21.
“The suspect ran into the woods,” Kilgore said. “Lincoln police officers, officers from Talladega PD and deputies started searching the wooded area for him.”
Davis suffered a broken arm from the accident.
At this point, the Talladega Police Department deployed Andor the police dog, according to Capt. John McCoy. The dog was able to track Davis to a general location.
A citizen spotted someone matching Davis’s description, and officers pulled up next to him. He was warned not to run or the dog would be set after him. He chose not to listen, McCoy said.
Davis allegedly struck the dog several times with his fist before he was taken into custody, McCoy said.
“The K-9 apprehended him,” Kilgore said. “He resisted, struggled and fought the dog, and the dog did what police dogs do.”
Kilgore said a variety of stolen items, including cash, beer, beverages, cigarettes and power steering fluid, were recovered from Davis.
Hock added damage occurred to the security systems and facilities housing each business.
Hill said no items were taken from Victory Lane Pit Stop, but an ATM was damaged. The owners of the ATM had not filed a report or pressed charges as of Tuesday morning.
Davis was transported to the Talladega County Jail. Three of the burglary charges were filed by the county, one burglary charge was filed by Lincoln PD and the misdemeanor charge was filed by Talladega PD.
“I’d just like to express my appreciation for the good police work from everybody involved in the case,” Kilgore said. “Lincoln did an outstanding job, and I thank Talladega police for their assistance. The investigators did a great job of putting the evidence together and obtaining the warrants.”
District Judge Jeb Fannin set the bond for Davis at $41,000 — $10,000 for each burglary charge and $1,000 for assaulting the K-9.
Third-degree burglary is a Class C felony, punishable by a sentence of one year and one day to 10 years in prison if convicted.
Harassment of a police or rescue dog is a Class A misdemeanor, punishable by a sentence of up to a year in jail if convicted.
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