David Fowler, 36, and Megan Phillips, 33, were arrested by Cherokee County Sheriff’s deputies near the home on Millwood Lane off Highway 92, where a silent alarm had gone off, said Lt. Jay Baker, spokesman for the Sheriff’s Office.
Baker said the Sheriff’s Office received a call at about 5:30 p.m. regarding the alarm, and 90 seconds later, Deputy Cody Jones arrived on the scene.
Jones saw a woman, later identified as Phillips, standing near the parking lot of a nearby church when he arrived and a man, later identified as Fowler, walking from behind the house, authorities said.
“When Fowler saw the deputy, he immediately jumped on a bicycle and tried to flee the area,” Baker said.
Then, Baker said, Fowler crashed his bike into a fence and jumped up and tried to run away on foot, but Jones caught up to him.
Fowler had a backpack with several tools inside, which police believe he planned to use in the burglary, Baker said.
“Deputies found the rear door to the residence open,” Baker said. “It appears Fowler was interrupted before any items were removed from the house.”
Baker said deputies saw Phillips walking down Highway 92 and were able to determine that she was serving as the “lookout” while her boyfriend tried to break into the house.
Fowler was charged with burglary, possession of tools to commit a crime, criminal trespass and obstruction of an officer, Baker said. He remains in custody at the Cherokee Adult Detention Center on $24,400 bond.
Phillips was charged with party to a crime and remains in custody at the Detention Center on $11,200 bond, Baker said.
Fowler and Phillips’ arrest Sunday was not the first of their dealings with police.
In September, Fowler’s mother, Darlene Fowler, 57, of Acworth, was charged with aggravated assault after she allegedly stabbed Phillips in the back with a pocket knife in the wake of a day-long argument her son had been having with Phillips, police reports stated.