Alabaster man charged with car break-ins, shooting

Published 5:03 pm Tuesday, April 19, 2016

By NEAL WAGNER / Managing Editor

ALABASTER – An 18-year-old Alabaster man is facing a gamut of felonies after allegedly breaking into nearly a dozen vehicles in the city and firing a handgun at a victim on April 17.



The Alabaster Police Department arrested Osbaldo Cruz, who lists an address on Morning Mist Trail in Alabaster, on April 17 and charged him with 11 felony counts of unlawful breaking and entering a vehicle, one felony count of attempted murder, one felony count of third-degree theft of property and six misdemeanor counts of fourth-degree theft of property.

Cruz’ charges stem from an alleged string of car burglaries off Kent Dairy Road and Second Avenue Southwest in Alabaster. According to his arrest warrants, Cruz allegedly broke into two 2007 GMC Yukons, a 2001 Ford Excursion, a 1998 Chevrolet S-10, a 2007 Ford F-150, a 1999 Toyota 4-Runner, a 2006 Honda Ridgeline, a 1998 Ford F-150, a 2000 Ford F-150, a 2009 GMC Yukon and a 2002 Chevrolet Blazer on the same night.

During the string of car break-ins, Cruz allegedly stole U.S. currency, speakers, a leather jacket, checks, personal documents, headphones and nail guns from a neighborhood off Kent Dairy Road and stole car keys from a residence off Second Avenue Southwest.

During the incident, Cruz allegedly discharged a handgun at one of the victims, resulting in the attempted murder charge.

Attempted murder is a Class A felony, and carries a maximum sentence of life in prison upon conviction. The unlawful breaking and entering a vehicle charges carry a maximum prison sentence of 10 years apiece.

Cruz currently is being held in the Shelby County Jail on bonds totaling $82,000.