Altus Police arrested a man early Saturday morning in connection with a burglary to an automobile.
After a citizen called and stated they saw a subject walking in the area of Flamingo and Mockingbird carrying a small case, officers made contact with a man walking in the area. The man, Paul Lawrence Campbell Jr., 45, was carrying a case which contained a socket set. He was interviewed and released for lack of any evidence that a crime had been committed.
Master Officer Brad Edmonds then patrolled the area, and after several minutes, proceeded to the 900 block of N. Benson where Campbell told officers he lived. While enroute to that location, Edmonds saw a door ajar on a vehicle that was parked in the driveway in the 1800 block of N. Willard. The suspect, Campbell, exited the vehicle and was met by Edmonds. Campbell was taken into custody on a complaint of Burglary to an Auto.
“Thank you to the citizen who called police and for the actions and vigilance of Master Officer Edmonds, Campbell could have eluded apprehension,” said Altus Police Chief Tim Murphy. “We also anticipate that the socket set that Campbell had in his possession could be stolen. We encourage anyone who had a socket set taken from their vehicle Friday night or early Saturday morning to call police and identify it so that additional charges could be filed against Campbell”.
Campbell is being held at the Jackson County Jail awaiting formal arraignment in Jackson County District Court.