Career criminal caught by Rutledge police

Career criminal caught by Rutledge police

Thomas Coffey  (source: Rutledge Police Department) Thomas Coffey (source: Rutledge Police Department)

6 News Reporter

RUTLEDGE (WATE) – Police in Rutledge say they have found a career criminal that was on the run from the authorities.

A few weeks ago, Capt. Randy Holt put up wanted posters for 24-year-old Thomas Coffey at local businesses.

Coffey was convicted in 2011 on 13 cases of auto burglary and two incidents of theft. He served time, then violated his probation.

Coffey is now a suspect in several recent local burglaries. Investigators also believe he has a serious drug problem.

"We believe he as well as the people he's with are on crystal meth. They are on a pure version of crystal meth and not handling it well at all. Once they're on meth, they are very paranoid and everything spooks them," Hold said.

Earlier this month, Thomas' brother Matthew Coffey was charged in several burglaries. Thomas has been linked to the same crimes.

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