By Lauren Estes
The Cullman Times
Two Cullman siblings had three additional charges added to their cases on Tuesday after being arrested in August in connection with multiple burglaries and the discovery of nearly $35,000 in stolen merchandise in their homes.
Derrick Lance Isbell, 27, and his sister, Priscilla Gail Isbell, 32, both of Cullman, were each arrested for burglary, third-degree (two counts each) and theft of property, second-degree. They were initially arrested in August for two counts of burglary, third-degree, endangering the welfare of a child, and possession of burglar’s tools. Investigators retrieved three truck-loads of merchandise from their homes over a month ago. Investigator Andy Wray said they planned on adding additional burglary charges after the initial arrest was made.
“They have cooperated with us and even provided us with some of the stolen merchandise after the fact,” Wray said. “After interviewing them, and initially denying it, they were cooperative and said they had been burglarizing homes and buildings for nearly two months.”
Wray said the residences that were burglarized were located all over the county, ranging from trailers at Clayton Homes in the Good Hope area and along County Road 222.
“They informed us they would travel around, the sister driving a mini-van and brother riding, and if the brother spotted something, she would stop, he would jump out and get it and they would continue driving,” Wray said. “They live at different residences and kept most of the materials at their homes for personal use. Most of the stolen home furnishings were decorating their houses, including stolen wall frames with pictures in them. She also had stolen outdoor patio furniture sitting on her front porch, out in the open.”
Other items recovered from the residences included a pressure washer, tools, backpack blowers, lamps, coffee tables, wall decorations, mirrors, chairs, copper wire, frames, plants, etc.
“The items like the copper wire and backpack blowers, that type of thing, that’s the merchandise they could sell,” Wray said.
Wray thanked Circuit Judge Martha Williams for her assistance in the warrant, which helped recover the stolen merchandise. Sheriff Mike Rainey said he hopes the judge in the case shows leniency to the Isbells for their cooperation with the investigation.
“Investigators Wray and Randy Frost came out and worked on the case all day and night long and did a great job,” Rainey said. “Officer Jeff Rainwater is the one who initially came up on them at a storage building on County Road 747 and put forth the extra effort to catch them in the act. It’s really been a combined effort in the department to see this case through, and quickly. I’m proud of the effort of everyone involved and thankful that the two arrested have worked with us.”
The siblings are being held at the Cullman County Detention Center. Their bonds are currently unavailable.
Lauren Estes can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 256-734-2131, ext. 137.