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Local man charged in thefts


Tyson Phillips, 19, of a Jacks Springs Road address in Atmore, was arrested recently on several outstanding warrants charging him with theft-related crimes.

According to a press release from the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office, a man believed to be Phillips was spotted walking along Jack Springs Road, near Smith Dairy Road, on January 19. Deputies stopped the man and questioned him regarding his name and date of birth, but he reportedly provided false information.
Other deputies arrived, and a positive identity was made, but Phillips reportedly resisted arrest and ran from the officers. A perimeter was set up, the ECSO’s K-9 unit was deployed and the Atmore man was apprehended a short time later, near the initial point of contact, without incident.

He was placed under arrest and taken to the Escambia County Jail, where he was served with the active warrants. Four additional charges related to the chase and the dissemination of false information were also filed against Phillips.

He remained in jail Tuesday, under $100,000 bond on two counts of robbery, four counts of second-degree theft of property, and one count each of first-degree theft of property, third-degree criminal mischief, third-degree burglary, resisting arrest, attempting to elude officers, obstructing justice and using a false identity.

The theft-related crimes attributed to Phillips were committed in and around Atmore and were residential in nature, an ECSO spokesperson said.
Chief Deputy Mike Lambert commended Investigators Johnny Wilson and Preston Hill, Deputy Jeff Weaver and K-9 handler Danny Lambert for their work in tracking Phillips and taking him into custody.