Arab police have arrested a man for allegedly breaking into a home, stealing a gun and truck, stalking, and killing a cat.
Arab Police Assistant Chief Shane Washburn said two people arrived home about 6 p.m. Saturday and noticed the glass in their back door was broken. When they went inside, Washburn said they found Michael Cale coming out of the bathroom.
Cale ran to the bedroom and picked up an AR-15 rifle that belonged to the victims. The two victims ran out of the residence. The male victim ran into the woods and the female ran and got into her vehicle, Washburn said. Cale chased after the female victim and pointed the rifle at her, he said.
Cale left the AR-15 but stole a different handgun from the residence. The female victim then was able to leave the residence in her vehicle. Cale then stole a 2013 Ford Mustang and left the residence, Washburn said.
During the investigation, law enforcement found that Cale had killed the victims’ cat, apparently with blunt force trauma.
Cale was located and arrested Sunday, Washburn said. Officers recovered the vehicle and stolen handgun.
Cale has been charged with first-degree robbery, first-degree burglary, first-degree stalking, first-degree theft of property, and animal cruelty.
The victims' family told WAAY 31 they're trying to move on. They didn't want to go on camera, but said the cat probably attacked Cale when he broke in. Some neighbors said they have lost a sense of security.
"It makes me very concerned. I'm worried for them, and I'm worried about my neighborhood," said Kelly Schmitt, who lives nearby. "My precious neighbors were violated just four houses down."
Cale had apparently threatened her and had been contacting her after she filed a report with authorities.
Police say they don't know if Cale spent the night in the house Friday or came in sometime Saturday.
"They're a young couple, they're starting out ... for this to be apart of their life, it's very sad," said Schmitt. "That violation is, I'm sure, probably going to be difficult for them."
Schmitt says neighbors will come together to support the victims. The victims' family said they'll be haunted by the events for years.