Electronic monitoring bracelet review leads to arrest

MOULTON, AL (WAFF) - A suspected thief wasn't quite caught red-handed, but investigators said it was pretty close.

Lawrence County Sheriff's investigators tracked the suspect through his electronic monitoring bracelet.

The Lawrence County Sheriff's Office arrested Justin Randall Thomas Austin Monday on charges of Burglary 3rd Degree and Theft of Property 1st Degree.

Austin is accused of a break-in at a residence October 25th at a home on Highway 36 in the Wren Community.

Austin was developed early on as a suspect according to investigators.

It was after Austin became a suspect that investigators learned he was under the supervisor of Community Corrections Program and was ordered to wear an ankle monitoring device.

Sheriff Gene Mitchell had his investigators review the history from the ankle bracelet and they discovered that he had been at the victim's residence at the time of the break-in.

"It is puzzling why someone would commit a crime knowing that they were being electronically monitored," said Mitchell in a news release.

Austin was jailed without bond.

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