Huntsville man arrested for burglary at Budget Inn in Elkmont

Christopher Bright
Christopher Bright

A Huntsville man was arrested Friday for allegedly stealing items from the Budget Inn in Elkmont.

Posted: Oct 29, 2018 11:11 AM
Updated: Oct 29, 2018 6:00 PM

Christopher Bright, 30, of Huntsville was arrested by the Limestone County Sheriff's Office Friday for allegedly stealing items from a maintenance building at the Budget Inn in Elkmont. He fell asleep in his car after while still at the scene.

Deputies responded to the motel Friday after a medical call that a man had passed out in a vehicle in the motel's parking lot and that he'd allegedly burglarized the shed behind the motel. He was parked in front of the storage shed when they arrived at the scene. 

Monica Campbell

The motel's manager provided investigators with security footage showing Bright entering the shed and taking property, like tools and clothing. These items were found by deputies inside Bright's van.

Bright told investigators he'd gotten into an argument with his girlfriend while they were staying at the motel. He said he'd gone inside the shed to find a gasoline can and that he was under the influence at the time. He said he didn't know why he took the items.

Bright is charged with burglary 3rd degree and is being held in the Limestone County Jail on a $2,500 bond.

His girlfriend, Monica Campbell, has felony burglary warrants out for her arrest from the Limestone County Sheriff's Office. She'd fled on foot before the deputies arrived at the scene.

WAAY 31 talked with a woman who let Campbell into her home—not knowing she was an accused criminal.

Dona Hodges told WAAY 31 when she heard a knock on her front door Friday morning, she was expecting it to be her daughter, but, instead, it was an uninvited guest.

“When she knocked on the door, I just opened it, thinking it was them," Hodges said. "It was this little, black-haired woman. Small and saying, ‘Can you help me?’”

Hodges was waiting for her daughter when she allowed a stranger into her home because she looked like she needed help.

“She was shivering and shaking and wet, and asked if she could just step inside because she was so cold," Hodges said.

What Hodges didn’t know was the woman was on the run and had felony warrants out for her arrest. Deputies had just arrested her boyfriend for the burglary at the Budget Inn.

“It does not shock me," Hodges said. "I don’t think there’s anything but meanness going on down there. I don’t like it a little bit.”

In fact, Hodges says she’s had others from the motel come to her home before and even had her garage broken into a few times.

So, when another stranger showed up, she didn’t trust her.

“A lot of what she said to me really didn’t make sense when you put it together," Hodges said. "I thought, when she didn’t want the police to come and give her a ride, that she probably had warrants out on her, too.”

Hodges realizes things could’ve been a lot worse and says the incident has taught her not to let anyone in her home if she doesn’t know them.

“I was pretty stupid. And a lot of times, I have my little bitty granddaughter here," Hodges said. "I can’t do that. I’ve learned to be more careful.”

Deputies are still looking for Monica Campbell. If you have any information on her whereabouts, you’re asked to call the Limestone County Sheriff’s Office.

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