Lauderdale county sheriff's deputies are searching for four people involved in a home invasion that happened early Tuesday morning. Deputies say one woman and three men broke into a home and stole $150 and a car on Highway 101 in the Elgin Cross Roads community. That car was later found submerged in the Elk River in Limestone County. WAAY 31 spoke to folks who live near where the car was found.
“I mean, it’s close to the house. I’d like to know what’s going on," said Owen Elrod. Elrod pulled into the old boat ramp off of Hatchery Road just minutes after a stolen car from a home invasion in Lauderdale County was pulled out of the Elk River.
Elrod says he’s not surprised a criminal would dump a car here at the old boat ramp. "It’s scary, i’m shocked about it, but on the other hand, look at the place," he said. "I mean, look, there’s a TV laying by the side of the river.” And Elrod isn’t the only one who thinks that way. "People dump stuff down there all the time," said another neighbor, Haley Dollar.
Elrod and Dollar both say the boat ramp is often over-looked, making it an ideal choice for a criminal. "It’s back off the main road, it’s in the sticks. It takes 30-45 minutes just to get a cop out here. So, yeah, it would be a perfect place for a criminal to throw something," Elrod said. "It’s just a very secluded area. There’s not a lot of patrol out here," Dollar added.
Deputies tell WAAY 31 the three men and woman who were involved in the home invasion have not been taken into custody, and until they are, those who live near the boat ramp say they’ll be keeping their eyes peeled. "We all stick together as a community," Elrod said. "We take care of each other, watch out for each other.”
Limestone County sheriff’s deputies and a diver with the Rogersville Fire Department responded to the sunken car, but once they realized it was stolen from the home invasion, the investigation was handed over to the Lauderdale County Sheriff’s Office.