NOMA – A call concerning a burglary in progress led to the arrest of a Slocomb man on September 15.

A resident on Main Street in Noma contacted the Holmes County Sheriff’s Office (HCSO) regarding a burglary in progress on her property. HCSO deputies quickly responded to the scene.

The home owner stated she had heard her dogs barking and walked outside where she saw a white male fleeing from a truck in the yard, into the woods.

The home owner was able to give a description of the suspect. HCSO deputies called for additional units. Assistance from Holmes and Washington Correctional Institutions K-9 units was also requested.

As canvas of the area was begun, deputies located a vehicle that had been run into the ditch approximately 500 yards from the residence.

The owner of the land where the vehicle was found checked a nearby barn and found the key to his tracto was missing. That key was later located in the suspects vehicle.

The Geneva County Sheriff’s Office was also notified due to the proximity of the Alabama state line. Several deputies and Sheriff Tony Helms responded to set up a perimeter.

The K-9 team began to track the suspect. The suspect came out of the woods onto a dirt road in Alabama, where he began to obtain a ride from passersby.

These citizens were able to detain the suspect until authorities could arrive on scene.

The suspect was identified as Mark Peacock, of Slocomb, Alabama. Peacock was arrested and booked into the Geneva County Jail. Peacock was recently released from prison.

Peacock is awaiting extradition to Florida where he will face the following charges: burglary of a structure, burglary of a conveyance, theft and leaving the scene of an accident.

Holmes County Sheriff John Tate would like to thank the citizens that intervened, Holmes and Washington Correctional K-9 teams as well as Sheriff Tony Helms and the Geneva County Sheriff's Office.

“It's the great working relationship between these agencies and the help of the community that aide in keeping citizens safe,” said Tate.