Neighbors and a tracking device end with suspect arrest

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FORT PAYNE, Alabama (WDEF) – A tracking device and citizen tips led to the arrest of a suspected vehicle theft on Sand Mountain.

The vehicle was stolen from a business owner in the Pine Ridge area on Friday.

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The owner told deputies that the driver was on County Road 104 since he had a tracking device on the vehicle.

When deputies caught up, the driver led them on a chase through Crossville, Geraldine and the Grove Oak area.

But when he turned into High Falls State Park, he ran out of luck.

The vehicle “became disabled” and the driver ran on foot.

Some residents were able to help DeKalb County deputies track down 30 year old Dylan Robert Cooper.

he faces theft and burglary charges.

Sheriff Nick Welden says “Without the help of the good citizens on County Road 360, this suspect may have gotten away with this crime.  I want to thank you all for your help!  I also want to thank the Geraldine PD and Crossville PD for all of their help!  Working together as a family, as well as a team, makes our job a little easier.”