Daphne burglary suspect arrested in Mobile

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A man who Police say may be responsible for up to nine residential burglaries in Daphne is behind bars after months on the run. The suspect that police call “the fastest man in Daphne” because of his ability to escape capture was picked up by Mobile Police last week. Police say his luck ran out when he tried to run one last time.

Daphne Police say 32-year-old Cornelius Lee Watson spent weeks preying upon homeowners in a small subdivision off Pollard road.

In April, investigators say they tied him to at least two home burglaries when an anonymous caller saw him walking through the woods

carrying a television. When officers tried to apprehend him, he allegedly fled as police say he’d been known to do before. That’s when they staked out his trailer until his girlfriend arrived later in the day.

“She was actually loading up a bunch of property…jewelry and electronics that was at his residece,” said Cpl. Jason Vanoy with Daphne Police.

Police say that property, including over $24,000 worth of jewelry and electronics linked him two two break-ins on Deerwood Drive, but there had been several others in the same
neighborhood. With no arrest, nieghbors were nervous.

With the rash of break-ins, some folks in the neighborhood took extra precautions to protect their property.

“It puts you on warning. We had extra weapons. We had extra security come into our house so it was a little scary,” said homeowner, Lacy Pitts who’s neighbors on either side had been victims.

On the run since April with three warrants for his arrest for the burglaries and a parole violation, police say Watson’s luck finally ran out last week in Mobile.

“A particular area over there, they had had several burglaries…an officer observed him in the area, got out with him and started talking to him and of course again, he took off
running,” Vanoy explained.

This time police were able to find Watson hiding in a warehouse. He was charged with trespassing and attempting to elude in Mobile.  Since the arrest, residents on Deerwood are
relieved.

“I’m very happy because now we can rest a little easier now that it’s not going to happen no more hopefully,” Pitts said.

As for Watson, police said his days of running from the law are likely over for quite some time. Watson is being held without bond in the Baldwin County Jail.  Along with attempting to elude police, he’s also charged with two counts of burglary third degree and theft of property first degree.

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