Early Saturday morning a WCSO K9 Unit spotted a vehicle traveling north on Hwy 331 that matched a description of a vehicle involved in a residential burglary in Freeport. As the deputy activated his emergency lights and initiated a traffic stop on Hwy 331 and West Indian Creek Road, the deputy observed the passenger throw something out the window.
Contact was made with both the driver and the passenger, identified as Timothy Roger Jefferson, 22, of Smith Station, AL and Brandy Wade Ward, 22, of Freeport. Both were read their Miranda Rights and deputies told the suspects why they were pulled over. Dispatch advised deputies that Jefferson, who was driving, had a suspended license since July of 2014. Deputies located a marijuana “blunt” that was thrown from the window as described by the suspect.
The victims of the burglary were brought to the scene and were able to identify Jefferson and Ward as the individuals who were found inside their home. When the victims entered the residence, they observed Jefferson and Ward exiting through the back door. A struggle took place among the victim and Ward prior to both suspects fleeing in a vehicle. One of the victims was able to obtain the license plate number and relayed it to the Sheriff’s Office along with a vehicle description. A check of the scene revealed that drawers, cabinets, closets in multiple rooms had been opened and rummaged through, in an apparent attempt to locate items to steal.
Jefferson and Ward are both charged with burglary to an unoccupied dwelling and criminal mischief. In addition, Jefferson is charged with driving while license suspended or revoked and Ward is charged with marijuana possession.
L to R: Jefferson and Ward