Police bust burglary ring

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, July 6, 2004

Pelham police arrested two suspects last week for a series of home burglaries after finking almost $20,000 in stolen property in their car.

Police arrested Jermaine Laron Gray, 21, from Ensley, along with Jason Matthew Pickett, 22, from Midfield. Pelham police charged both with burglary and possession of a burglary tool.

The suspects could face additional charges in connection with other burglaries in Shelby County and Hoover. When they were arrested, Pelham police recovered almost $20,000 in stolen property.

Pelham Police Lt. Scott Tucker said the suspects may have robbed four separate homes in Pelham on Tuesday, June 29.

Two of the robberies occurred in the Emerald Lake subdivision, and two others occurred in the Hidden Creek subdivision.

The suspects in all four robberies used forced entry, Tucker said.

The arrests occured after a citizen in Legacy Park called police on Wednesday, June 30, reporting a suspicious vehicle. Tucker said the caller reported seeing a blue Chevrolet Cavalier near the home of a neighbor that was out of town. The caller kept an eye on the car, Tucker said.

Pelham Detective Richard Strickland checked the area of the robberies after the call. Strickland saw a blue Chevy Cavalier coming out of the High Hampton subdivision. He stopped the car on State Park Road near Oak Mountain.

Strickland searched the vehicle after talking to the suspects.

The vehicle search uncovered property reported stolen from homes on June 29. The property found in the car included jewelry, money and electronics valued at $19,200.

According to Tucker, Pelham police discovered that there had been two homes burglarized in Riverchase, and property from those burglaries was also found inside the suspects’ vehicle.

Tucker said the suspects may also be linked to a separate robbery in Shelby County, describing a similar method of operation used in the other robberies in Pelham and Hoover