ALMA — An Alma man armed with a loaded pistol and a rifle was arrested Friday on theft charges when he was found hiding in a bedroom after he fled from a Bacon County Sheriff’s Department deputy who was trying to effect a traffic stop, said Alma Police Chief Michael Leslie.
Aaron Brehm was found hiding in the closet of a bedroom in a house after the deputy attempted to stop a Toyota Tundra he was driving on East 8th Street, said Leslie.
“He tried to get away but eventually jumped out and ran while the truck was still rolling,” said Leslie. “The truck stopped just a few feet short of hitting a house.”
Alma police and Bacon deputies found Brehm hiding in a closet at the house, armed with a 9mm handgun and a 30-round magazine, as well as an AR-15 rifle, said Leslie.
Both of the weapons had been reported stolen in Jacksonville, Fla. a month ago and the truck was reported stolen in Jacksonville Tuesday, Leslie said.
“He also had a black ski mask, black gloves and two red bandannas,” said Leslie. “Officers also located a Toyota Camry at the house that had been stolen in Jacksonville on Thursday.”
Leslie said Brehm faces charges for the stolen weapons and vehicles and is also being charged on outstanding felony warrants for aggravated assault and burglary from an incident a few weeks ago in Bacon County where Brehm allegedly entered a home with children inside and fired a weapon.
Daron Davon Smith, of Alma, an accomplice of Brehm who is wanted for a Jan. 3 burglary, is also wanted by police, said Leslie, who asks the public for help in providing his whereabouts.
“Smith should be considered armed and dangerous. Anyone who knows where his location is asked to call 911,” said Leslie. “The Alma Police Department asks residents to be aware of their surroundings, especially when leaving jobs after hours. Police also ask that residents to not leave any valuables in cars as burglaries and entering auto cases are rising. Owners of utility or cargo trailers are asked to secure them with appropriate locks. Business owners are encouraged to call police for an escort to banks when needed.”