MOBILE, Ala. – For the second time in less than a week a Mobile County Public School employee is facing criminal charges. The teacher, and her husband were arrested Tuesday night. The school employee and her spouse are facing burglary charges. Investigators believe the pair were involved in a number of burglaries in the city, the county and even Baldwin County.
Terry Perry and her husband James were booked into Metro jail around 7:30 Tuesday night.
Neighbor Vickie Ford said police were at the Perrys’ property on Howell’s Ferry Road all day Tuesday. She didn’t know why.
“Yesterday morning and then yesterday afternoon, and we couldn’t figure out what was going on. We didn’t know if maybe they got hurt, or somebody robbed them,” Ford said.
Police said their investigation started out as a suspected burglary in west Mobile.
“The witness gave police a description of the vehicle and the tag number,” Officer Terrance Perkins said.
The Perrys’ were both outside when FOX10 News went to their home Tuesday morning. They quickly went inside, and no one came to the door when we knocked.
The house sits right behind their automotive business, where police said they found the stolen property.
“He works on my car, and does a great job,” Ford said.
Police said the serial numbers on appliances found on the Perrys property matched items that were stolen from a house on Raspberry Lane. The house is still under construction in a brand new subdivision in west Mobile. Police said they also found items linked to nearly a dozen burglaries in Mobile and Baldwin counties.
Perry is charged with burglary and receiving stolen property, but police said her husband has some additional charges.
“As officers began to lawfully arrest him, he began to fight back and physically assaulted an officer, therefore he was charged with resisting arrest and assault 2nd degree,” Perkins said.
School officials said Perry has been with the school system since 2006. She’s an English teacher at Baker, and she teaches reading.
Word of the arrest spread quickly Wednesday on the campus. One teacher said he heard about it from the students.
“I hope it’s not true, but I haven’t heard anything, but what some kids were talking about,” science teacher William Quina said.
Perry is on administrative leave from the school system. Both she and her husband are free on bond.
This is the second arrest involving a school system employee in less than a week. 41 year old substitute teacher Katrina Kelly is accused of rape and sex abuse involving three Denton Middle School students. Kelly will be in court for an arraignment later this month.