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When running from law enforcement, it’s important to wear the proper shoes.
It is also helpful to wear something other than shoes, as a Sylacauga man can attest.
George Leverous Bennett, 24, of Knight Lane, is currently in the Talladega County Metro Jail on a charge of burglary in the second degree. According to Talladega police Chief Jason Busby, he had not had an initial court appearance as of Wednesday afternoon.
According to Busby, a patrol officer was transporting a prisoner to the jail Tuesday when he spotted Bennett near the intersection of the 275 Bypass and Renfroe Road, wearing only a pair of tennis shoes. The officer notified the jail staff, who sent deputies to go look for Bennett.
As the deputies and police officers began looking, Bennett allegedly kicked in the back door of a residence on Renfroe Road and went inside. The residence was occupied by an adult woman and three children, Busby said.
Bennett allegedly made his way to the kitchen, where he ate Zaxby’s chicken valued at $13.98, according to the incident and offense report. The woman who lived in the house gathered up the children, called 911 and fled.
By this time, probation officers and jail staff had also joined the chase, Busby said. Bennett was eventually located and restrained without further incident.
His clothes were recovered at a different location, Busby said.
According to jail records, Bennett had been arrested for disorderly conduct and disturbing the peace the day before and had only been out of jail for about an hour when the chase began.
The burglary charge stems from his breaking into the house. He has not been charged with any other offenses as of Wednesday.
Burglary in the second degree is a class B felony in Alabama, punishable upon conviction by two to 20 years in prison.