Athens Man Confesses to Committing Over 20 Burglaries

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A 2017 parolee who was arrested for burglary in late December has been connected to at least 23 other burglaries in Limestone County, some of which occurred while the residents were at home sleeping.

Eddie Ray Fulmer, 36, of Athens was charged Monday with 2nd Degree Burglary, 3rd Degree Burglary, and 1st Degree Theft (vehicle) after he admitted to investigators that he took part in dozens of burglaries in the county.

He was previously charged with 2nd Degree Burglary, two counts of 3rd Degree Burglary, and 1st Degree Theft (vehicle). Additional charges are expected. Fulmer is held in the Limestone County Jail on $45,000 total bond ($17,500 bond on the new charges), but he was paroled in 2017 and is ineligible for bond due to parole violation.

On December 14, 2018, residents on Highway 251 reported a burglary that occurred while they were asleep in the house with their small children. The burglar had entered through the basement window and had taken multiple guns, chainsaws, and tools before stealing the victims’ truck to transport the items. The truck was later found abandoned in Athens.

Investigators developed Fulmer and his wife, Angel Ballenger, as suspects after they sold one of the victim’s rifles in DeKalb County. The buyer became suspicious and had the serial number checked, which determined it to be stolen from the residence on Highway 251. Fulmer and Ballenger were located at a hotel in Bessemer and arrested on December 28th.

Investigators also found a ski mask in the hotel room that Fulmer later admitted to wearing during the burglary. Further investigation revealed that Fulmer had a storage unit on Highway 72, and investigators obtained a search warrant on probable cause that the unit contained stolen items. Stolen property from the Highway 251 burglary and three other burglaries was seized from the storage unit. Fulmer confessed to the four burglaries to which he had been connected.

On Monday, January 28, Fulmer confessed to at least 20 other burglaries in Limestone County. Additional charges will be presented to a grand jury. Fulmer targeted outbuildings and residences, and he would then steal victims’ vehicles only to abandon them nearby. Some property has been recovered, but investigators are still working to recover the remaining property.

Courtesy of the Limestone County Sheriff’s Office

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