Crime

Bond set for man in pickax home invasion in Vancleave

Anthony Lee Smith Sr.
Anthony Lee Smith Sr.

A Jackson County judge has set the bond in a Vancleave home invasion.

Anthony Lee Smith Sr., 36, of Prairieville, Louisiana, was arrested on charges of felony home invasion and commercial burglary in the break-in Friday.

Judge T. Larry Wilson set bond Tuesday afternoon at $25,000 on the home invasion and $10,000 bond for commercial burglary. Louisiana and Alabama officials also have holds on Smith for unrelated charges.

Smith was identified from a Louisiana traffic ticket left in the pickup truck he abandoned after the home invasion, Jackson County Sheriff Mike Ezell said in the initial report.

Smith was on the run for about 36 hours when he was taken into custody on Saturday afternoon on O’Neal Road in Vancleave.

The break-in on Wire Road was reported at 1:35 a.m. Friday.

The homeowners said two booming noises woke them up and they discovered a shirtless man armed with a pickax had broken in.

The homeowner told a dispatcher he confronted the man in his living room and later pointed a gun through the window of his pickup when he found the man sitting in it, Ezell said.

The man jumped out of the homeowner’s truck and ran off, leaving his own truck in the driveway, officials said.

Investigators believe Smith broke into a wooden shed behind the home’s back porch and stole a battery charger, Ezell said. They found the charger in the back of Smith’s truck.

Staff writer Robin Fitzgerald contributed to this report.

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