2 burglary suspects wanted in Tuscaloosa captured by Jefferson Co. deputies

Jason McCollister and Lorrie Patterson.

Two suspects wanted in connection with an attempted burglary in Tuscaloosa were arrested Friday morning by Jefferson County sheriff's deputies.

Jason McCollister, 34, and Lorrie Patterson, 37, were apprehended near the intersection of Kimbrell Cut-Off Road and Old Tuscaloosa Highway and both have been charged with one count of possession of drug paraphernalia and one count of second-degree burglary, which is a Class B felony in Alabama.

The burglary charges stemmed from an incident at a home in the 22000 block of Timberwood Drive at approximately 10:13 a.m. Tuscaloosa County sheriff's deputies responded to a report of a burglary in progress at the location. A resident told 911 dispatchers that a suspect had made forced entry into the residence but fled the scene upon learning the home was occupied.{}{}

The victim was able to provide dispatchers with a vehicle description and a tag number while reporting the burglary, and the information was relayed to the responding deputies on patrol.

A search by law enforcement with the help of the sheriff's office helicopter began soon after.

Lakeview police officers and Jefferson County deputies canvassed the neighborhoods near Kimbrell Cut-Off Road, where they soon spotted the suspects' vehicle. They then made a traffic stop and took both McCollister and Patterson into custody less than one hour after the crime occurred."This was an excellent job of coordination between dispatch, our deputies as well as Lakeview Police Department officers and deputies with the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office." Chief Abernathy said in a news release.