Pelham Police arrest gas station burglary suspects
Published 5:56 pm Friday, July 9, 2010
Pelham Police arrested a pair of Bessemer men after a vehicle chase through Shelby County.
Police responded to the Pelham Shell gas station on Shelby County 35 at about 3:30 a.m. July 9, and discovered the business was unsecured and had been burglarized, according to a Pelham Police Department press release.
After police relayed information about the burglary over the police radio, an officer spotted the suspect’s vehicle in northern Pelham.
The suspect then fled officers while traveling south on Interstate 65, and got off on exit 234.
When the suspect left the interstate, members of the Calera Police Department and the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office deployed spike strips.
After the suspect’s vehicle struck the spike strips, it came to a stop on Shelby County 87, where officers brought two suspects into custody.
Pelham Police arrested the driver, 30-year-old Ramon Bursel Bowers, and charged him with one count of third-degree burglary, one count of possession of burglar’s tools, one count of first-degree theft of property and one count of fleeing law enforcement officers.
Officers also arrested 30-year-old Xavier Maurice Hill and charged him with one count of third-degree burglary, one count of possession of burglar’s tools and one count of first-degree theft of property.
Following an interview with the suspects, police believe Bowers and Hill were involved in several other crimes in the Birmingham metropolitan area, according to the press release.
After searching the Pelham Shell station, police reported an undetermined amount of cash missing from an ATM, and several cartons of cigarettes.