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Stewart sought for string of burglaries


By Alton Mitchell

Authorities in neighboring Lee County have secured arrest warrants for a 44-year-old Phenix City man in connection to several burglaries and thefts that occurred in the Old West Point Road area of Lee County. That road is located near the Lee-Chambers County line close to Lake Harding.

Lee County investigators have obtained arrest warrants for 44-year-old Michael Coleman Stewart of Phenix City. According to the Lee County Sheriff’s Office warrants have been obtained for charges to include robbery, burglary, and theft of property. Additional charges are also pending in neighboring Harris County, Georgia on charges of burglary and theft.

Lee County investigators suspect Stewart is the person responsible for several criminal acts that occurred in the Lee Road 344 area. The road is also known as Old West Point Road. Investigators state the crime spree took place on March 13, 2018.

Stewart is presently being detained at the Etowah County Jail in north Alabama. Etowah County officials arrested Stewart on March 17th on charges or theft, burglary, and attempting to elude. He has bonds of $7,000 in Etowah County, but has no bond on charges that require him to be detained for Lee County and an out of state agency.

There has been no reports yet to indicate that Stewart was engaged in any criminal activity in Chambers County, but the Lee County Sheriff’s Office has indicated that additional charges are expected in Lee County and other jurisdictions as the investigation is still ongoing.