Burglary suspect arrested after police find him under house

Officers report local man ran for several blocks before being found

By BRUCE ALSOBROOK, News-Telegram Managing Editor

Sept. 8, 2008 - Police tracking down a burglary suspect finally got their man early Sunday, ordering him out at gunpoint after he was found underneath a house a few blocks from where the crime was reported.

Adrian Jamaal Godbolt, 25, was charged with a third-degree felony burglary of a habitation after a woman awoke early Sunday to a loud crash inside her Plano Street apartment.

The woman told officers she went to investigate the noise and found her back door busted open about 5:15 a.m. She then heard the sound of a privacy fence breaking, and looked out a window to see a man in a white tank top and blue shorts running off. She said $40 in cash and the keys to her apartment and vehicle were missing.

As police were responding to her call, an off-duty officer reported seeing someone in a white tank top and shorts running through a yard on Georgia Street. Officers were unable to locate him at first, but the same man was spotted minutes later at Davis and Spence streets. Again, he eluded detention by police and Hopkins County Sheriff's deputies, who had joined in the hunt.

Officer Mike Morgan and Lt. Eddie Moon, following up on a report of someone running near Beckham and Ardis streets, entered a yard in the area and saw footprints in the grass. In the back yard of a home in the 100 block of Beckham, they lookied under the house to see a man clad in a white tank top and blue pants. Both officers drew their guns and ordered the man to come out. After he crawled from beneath the structure, he was handcuffed and taken to the county jail.

There were no reports of police finding the money that was reported stolen. The car and apartment keys, however, were found on a sidewalk at the apartment complex.

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