Suspect in Fulton burglary flees police, remains at large
A man wanted for questioning regarding a burglary in Hardy fled from police Sept. 21.
No charges had been filed against Clifford Jones as of press time Sept. 26, but fleeing charges are likely, said Hardy Police Chief Ernie Rose.
Phyllis and John Huddleston left their home on Highway 63 in Fulton County Sept. 17 and returned Sept. 21 to find their door facing broken and their front door open, Rose said. Thieves had ransacked the home and stolen a computer monitor, DVD player, CD player, three-piece speaker set, computer case and another case containing a mother board and power supply for a computer, Rose said. They also stole a Skil saw, two cordless telephones, hand tools and a generator, he said.
A city employee notified Rose that Jones and his girlfriend were seen "pilfering" through a trunk of a car at Buford Beach soon after Rose received the report of the burglary, Rose said.
When the car occupants noticed the employee they fled the area and Rose notified all units to be on the lookout for a car they had borrowed from a friend who was seen leaving a home next door to the burglarized home, Rose said.
Sharp County Deputy Tim McComas noticed the car near Price Chopper in Hardy and Jones and the female were inside the store, Rose said. When they came out, Jones fled on foot, he said. None of the stolen items were inside the car, but Jones does have an outstanding county warrant, Rose said. Jones ran through the city streets in downtown Hardy and the new bypass, Rose said.
"We chased him into the woods," Rose said. "He could have left town."
Just six days before the Huddleston home was reported burglarized, Dorothy Rodgers' home on Highway 63 was also reported burglarized.
Rodgers' home had been left vacant while she was visiting family.
When she returned Sept. 15 she found the basement door unlocked and the door near the carport kicked in with damage to the door facing; however, no items were reported missing, Rose said.
Anyone with information is urged to contact the Hardy Police Department at 870-856-2136 or the Sharp County Sheriff's Office at 870-994-7356.