Former meat salesmen arrested
Two former door-to-door meat salesmen wanted in connection with a string of crimes — including an attempted home invasion near Brewton — were arrested Monday night in Ohio, said Escambia County Chief Deputy Mike Lambert.
Anthony Curtis Vila, 29, of Tampa, Fla., and Stephen Daniel Hornsby, 23, of Anniston were charged with second degree theft of property and unlawful breaking and entering of a vehicle.
Lambert said a third suspect was identified after the two men’s arrest. Christy Laroe Loeb, 23, who is 125 pounds and 5’6″, is wanted on charges of second-degree theft of property and unlawful breaking and entering of a vehicle. Lambert said she is believed to be from Pittsburgh, Pa., and was involved in the home invasion on Pineview Street near Brewton.
The Escambia County Sheriff’s Department officials have been in a joint investigation with other authorities, including the Montgomery, Conecuh, Escambia (Fla.) and Santa Rosa sheriff’s departments and the Atmore, Poarch, Evergreen and Pensacola police. The men were wanted in at least five states.
Officers have also recovered the vehicle that was involved in the attempted home invasion in Escambia County. The homeowner in that case shot at the vehicle as the men were leaving. Lambert said the vehicle is in Mobile for forensics testing.
Lambert said officers had information that the two men fled to Ohio last week.
The two men are now former employees of Steakhouse Meats, a door-to-door company with offices in Montgomery and Pensacola. The owner of the store had offered a reward for tips that led to their capture.