Little more than a week after David Evans was charged with four counts of burglary in the Clarkdale burglary case, the Lauderdale County Sheriff's Department has now charged 36-year-old Alan Lance Pierce with receiving stolen property - a felony charge.
"The story we've been told is that he was the one that received the majority of the property that was stolen from the school. I'm sure along with some other people, but he received the majority of the property, and at this time we're recovering property from people who have purchased items from him in the past couple of days," Major Casey McElhenney explained.
Pierce had sold off most of the stolen property. Major McElhenney says the Department of Corrections now has a hold on him since he had violated parole to do so. Pierce's arrest also led investigators to a further discovery - a tie in with another burglary.
Since Pierce was also found in possession of several items stolen from Sumter Academy, the Sheriff's Department says they're finding more and more reasons to believe the two cases are connected.
"We believe that there is a good chance these are the guys responsible for the break in at Sumter Academy simply because of the items they had in their possession," Major McElhenney said. "Those, in my opinion, would only be items that would come from the person who did break in."
Investigators were able to recover many of the items from both schools thanks to help from the public.
"One of our tools we've been able to use in the past is to give information out to the news and you guys, and you're able to put it out to the public," he said. "And in turn, they've called and given us information, and it's really helped in this case."
David Evans was charged previously in this case. And investigators says a large number of items are still missing. Officials are asking the public to keep their eyes out for compound bows, musical instruments and electronics that have yet to be recovered.