After the horrifying home invasion video that hit news wires earlier this week, I think we are coming to grips with the fact that burglars don't always move under cover of darkness. 

A press release from the Tuscaloosa County Sheriff's Office hit my desk earlier today. I immediately went back to that video in my mind and the reality that when someone wants what you have, they're going to get no matter what time of day it is.

Luckily, the incident in Tuscaloosa County ended with the perpetrators leaving when they realized someone was home.

Here is that press release:

At approximately 10:13 this morning Deputies responded to a residence in the 22000 block of Timberwood Drive on a report of a Burglary in progress. The victim advised the 911 the operator that the suspect made entry into the residence but fled when he realized it was occupied. The victim was able to provide a vehicle description and a tag number to the 911 operator and Dispatchers relayed this information to responding units that included Patrol Deputies, Investigators as well as the Sheriff’s Office Helicopter. Lakeview PD Officers and Deputies from Jefferson Co. Deputies began searching neighborhoods near Kimbrell Cut-Off Rd. and notified the dispatcher and other units they had spotted the suspect vehicle. Deputies then initiated a Traffic stop near the intersection of Kimbrell Cut-Off Rd. and Old Tuscaloosa Highway where the suspects, Jason McCollister, W/M, 34 and Lorrie Patterson, W/F, 37 were taken into custody and transported to the Tuscaloosa County Jail. Both suspects were captured within an hour of the crime. Their charges are below:

Jason McCollister:
Charges:
Possession of Drug Paraphernalia $2,000.00 bond
Possession of Burglar’s Tools $ 5,000.00 bond
Burglary II $15,000.00 bond

Lorrie Patterson
Charges:
Possession of Drug Paraphernalia $2,000.00 bond
Burglary II $15,000.00 bond

Chief Abernathy was quoted as saying “This was an excellent job of coordination between Dispatch, our Deputies as well as Lakeview PD Officers and Deputies with the Jefferson Co. Sheriff’s Department.”