May 30, 2014
The Alabama Agriculture and Rural Crime Unit (ARCU) and the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office arrested two men Wednesday, May 28, in connection with recent cattle thefts. Brothers David Grant Fulmer, 28, of Collinsville and Eddie Ray Fulmer, 31, of Albertville now face multiple theft charges.
Between May 13 and 24, more than 50 head of cattle and farm equipment were reported stolen from farms in the New Harmony, and on May 25 two cattle were found shot in the Lebanon. New Harmony and Lebanon are both communities in DeKalb County.
DeKalb County Sheriff Jimmy Harris was thankful for assistance provided by ARCU officers who were contacted May 26 to help with the case.
“ARCU investigators are very familiar with these types of thefts and have contacts all over the South to track cattle and livestock movements,” Harris said in a release. “This is another case of working together with all available resources to solve crimes.”
According to ARCU Commander Gene Wiggins, the unit has worked more than 100 cases, recovered more than $1.5 million in stolen property and made 55 arrests since its inception in June 2013.
“As we approach the one-year anniversary of establishing the ARCU, I think it’s clear that when law enforcement agencies work together criminals will be brought to justice,” Wiggins said. “We want to send a message to criminals that if you steal from farmers, we will not stop until we find you.”
To report suspicious activity, contact the ARCU tipline at 1-855-75-CRIME or go to arcu.Alabama.gov.