2 sought after 'joy ride’ in stolen car destroys crops in Limestone County

2 sought after 'joy ride’ in stolen car destroys crops in Limestone County
Kirkland Burks and Stephanie Lynn Dutcher (Source: Limestone County Sheriff's Office)

LIMESTONE COUNTY, AL (WAFF) - Limestone County investigators are looking for two suspects in connection to a car theft and damage to property that resulted in crop loss.

Deputies say Brett Kirkland Burks, 24, and Stephanie Lynn Dutcher, 39, of Athens, have warrants for first-degree theft, second-degree burglary, first-degree criminal mischief, and destruction, demolition, or obliteration of crops.

A stolen Mercedes C250 was found stuck in a corn field near Hatchett Ridge Road and Lindsey Road.
A stolen Mercedes C250 was found stuck in a corn field near Hatchett Ridge Road and Lindsey Road. (Source: Limestone County Sheriff's Office)

On Saturday, deputies responded to the 5000 block of Bay Pointe Drive where a 2013 Mercedes C250 was stolen. They discovered that the residence, which was occupied, had been broken into and the keys to the vehicle taken before the vehicle was stolen.

A citizen observed the vehicle stuck in a corn field near Hatchett Ridge Road and Lindsey Road on Sunday and contacted the sheriff’s office. Investigators collected evidence from the scene that identified Burks and Dutcher as suspects, and they found probable cause to obtain arrest warrants for the two.

“After taking the vehicle, the suspects had taken a joy ride ending in the corn field where they got stuck. They sought help from the citizen who observed and reported the vehicle but ran when they learned deputies were on the way,” the sheriff’s office said in a news release.

Anyone who has information about the whereabouts of Burks and Dutcher is asked to call the Limestone County Sheriff’s Office at 256-232-0111 and ask for investigator Durden.

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