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Warren S. Trammell
Jaddy L. McDaniel
By Christa Jennings
Senior Staff Writer
A Rockford and a Sylacauga man were arrested Tuesday in relation to multiple cases of burglary and theft involving thousands of dollars of property being stolen.
Sheriff Michael Howell reported that he was contacted about property being stolen from the old NAPA building along U.S. Highway 231 in Rockford.
He explained that a bill of sale was provided to the victim, and after investigating the case, it was determined that the bill of sale was a forged document. Further, he said that the bill of sale was forged by Jaddy McDaniel, 48 years old of Sylacauga.
Howell stated that McDaniel’s co-defendant in the case, or a second suspect, was Warren Trammell, 74 years old of Rockford.
Howell reported that for the last two months Trammell and McDaniel went in and out of the NAPA building numerous times, removing a great deal of property over that course of time. The investigation determined that both individuals were involved in that theft and burglary.
Howell was pleased to report that the stolen property was recovered in Sylacauga, and the investigation culminated in the arrests of Trammell and McDaniel on Tuesday, August 23.
Trammell was charged with four counts of third-degree burglary and four counts of first-degree theft of property.
McDaniel was also charged with four counts of third-degree burglary and four counts of first-degree theft of property, as well as one count of second-degree forgery.
Howell explained that the theft charges were first degree because of the amount of property stolen and its estimated value.
The Code of Alabama defines theft of property in the first degree as being the theft of property “which exceeds $2,500 in value, or property of any value taken from the person of another.”
Additionally, the theft of a motor vehicle, regardless of its value, also constitutes first-degree theft of property.
Theft of property in the first degree is a Class B felony.
The Code of Alabama defines third-degree burglary as a person committing such crime if “he knowingly enters or remains unlawfully in a building with intent to commit a crime there.” Burglary in the third degree is a Class C felony.
McDaniel’s charge of second-degree forgery is a Class C felony, making all the charges in that case felony charges.
Howell further reported that throughout conducting that investigation, it was determined that Trammell and McDaniel also stole farm equipment from a victim’s property off of U.S. Highway 231.
That resulted in both being arrested in a separate second case. In that case, both of them were charged with one count of first-degree theft of property.
Howell said that farm equipment was stolen during the period of July 1-August 8, and that property has also been recovered.
Additionally, in searching for that property in Sylacauga, Howell said they also located some stolen property from a 2019 burglary. That ultimately resulted in a related arrest being made for this third case.
Howell reported that during the 2019 burglary more than $8,000 worth of lumber, specifically flooring, was stolen from a residence off of County Road 20.
While working these two other recent cases, he said investigators determined that Jaddy McDaniel was also responsible for the 2019 burglary that took place at that residence.
In that case, McDaniel was arrested and charged with third-degree burglary and first-degree theft of property.
Howell said that McDaniel is the only one who has been arrested so far, but that they are still looking into that case from 2019.
He was also pleased to report that the lumber was recovered and returned to the victim, meaning stolen property was recovered and returned in all three cases.
Ultimately, with both individuals being arrested in two cases and MCDaniel being arrested in a third case, both have numerous felony charges stemming from these cases.
In total, between the two cases, Trammell was charged with five counts of first-degree theft of property and four counts of third-degree burglary.
Trammell’s total bond for all eight charges was set at $45,000, and as of press time he remained in custody at the Coosa County Jail in Rockford awaiting trial.
Among all three cases, McDaniel’s total charges were one county of second-degree forgery, five counts of third-degree burglary and six counts of first-degree theft of property.
His total bond for all 12 charges was set at $60,000, and he was released on bond on Wednesday, August 24, to await trial.
Anyone who suspects or observes illegal activity is encouraged to report it to the Coosa County Sheriff’s Office at 256-377-4922 or online at www.coosacountyso.org.