Man faces felonies in steak thefts

By JESSA PEASE / Staff Writer 

PELHAM—Pelham Police arrested Michael Jason Jennings on June 15 after he allegedly bought 18 cases of steaks, valued at $3,189, from his former employer, Steakhouse Birmingham, using stolen credit card information.

Jennings

Jennings

Jennings, 39, drove one of Steakhouse Birmingham’s refrigerated trucks, filling orders from customers. According to Pelham Police Department Lt. Pete Folmar, Jennings had a problem meeting his quota.

In order to bring his numbers up, Jennings allegedly used prior customers’ credit card information to purchase cases of steaks. He was charged with first-degree theft of property, a Class B felony, and three charges of fraudulent use of a credit card.

According to Alabama state law, Class B felonies could result in a jail sentence of between two and 20 years, with fines up to $30,000. Jennings was released on bonds totaling $45,000 on June 17.

Jennings was previously charged with first-degree theft on May 15, 2015, when he was arrested in connection with a November 2014 theft. Sometime between Nov. 10-28, Jennings allegedly stole $8,682.93 from an Easy Money establishment.

His hearing for the charges associated with his May 15 arrest was set for Aug. 6. A court date has note yet been set for the charges related to his June 17 arrest.