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Burglary suspect leads Decatur police on chase; 2nd suspect still on loose

Richard Palma (Source: Decatur Police) Richard Palma (Source: Decatur Police)

Police have one man in custody but are still looking for another believed to be responsible for a burglary on Cedar Lake Road.

The Morgan County Emergency 911 Center received a call Sunday at 8:22 a.m. about a burglary in progress at a residence.

A witness said they saw two men run from the home and get into a white Ford F-150 truck. 

One man later identified as Richard Steven Palma refused to stop when a police sergeant with Decatur Police Department came in contact with the men and led the sergeant on a chase.

Palma led the sergeant into a heavily wooded area, which damaged the patrol car, then took off on foot.

Priceville, Alabama police and Morgan County Sheriff’s departments, as well as a K-9 unit helped to located Palma and took him into custody. The other suspect got away.

Palma was later charged with one count of first-degree burglary and processed at the Decatur City Jail awaiting transferal to the Morgan County Jail when his bond is set. 

Police said more charges are pending in the ongoing investigation as they work to identify the other suspect.

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