Here are a few of the criminal law stories that have recently occurred around the state of Alabama:
- A pair of suspects are in the Shelby County Jail after joggers in Hoover chased down one of them attempting to break into a vehicle early last Tuesday morning. The incident occurred just before 5 a.m. One of the joggers was actually the victim of the robbery and told police he and his two friends were on an early-morning run when he saw the suspect, a white male, rummaging through the trunk of his car. Though the suspect attempted to flee, the three joggers quickly captured and detained. The three friends called police and held the man, 43-year-old Gregory Alan Trott, until officers arrived. The suspect's car was parked in front of the victim's house, and the police also arrested the passenger and second suspect, 27-year-old Brianna Martinae Ross. According to Hoover police Lt. Keith Czeskleba, officers recovered the stolen property taken from the jogger's vehicle as well as property from other car break-ins in the metro area. Both suspects face charges of unlawful breaking and entering of a motor vehicle (though additional charges could be filed), and each one is being held on a bond of $5,000. Court records also revealed Trott already had a decade-long history of breaking into cars, including an arrest in Hueytown and Pleasant Grove earlier this year.
- During a traffic stop last Wednesday, Jefferson County sheriff's deputies found Hydrocodone, crack cocaine, a handgun and cash in the vehicle of 50-year-old Larry Lee Wilson and 55-year-old Dara Lynn Wilson. Narcotics investigators were called to the scene, the Wilsons were taken into custody and deputies obtained a search warrant for the suspects' home as the discovery at the traffic stop was "consistent with possible drug distribution." The deputies found a vehicle guarded by three pit bulls in the backyard of the house. Inside the vehicle was Oxycodone, cocaine, Ecstasy and marijuana. The two face charges of drug trafficking and possession with the intent to distribute and are being held in the Jefferson County Jail with bonds totaling $115,000 each.
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