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Observant citizen tip leads to arrest

Special to the Enquirer

One recent arrest came thanks to a citizen paying attention to their surroundings.

Hartselle investigator Tania Burgess arrested Brandon Keith Cottingham, 41, of Hartselle, for burglary in the third degree Feb. 26.

Authorities said the arrest was the result of an observant citizen noticing Cottingham removing property from a residence on Crestline Place. When officers arrived, they determined Cottingham had stolen numerous miscellaneous items from the garage of the residence.

All of the stolen property was returned to the victim.

Cottingham was booked in the Morgan County Jail, and his bond was set at $2,500.