North Shelby burglary suspect located, arrested on felony charges
By EMILY SPARACINO / Staff Writer
BIRMINGHAM – A Birmingham man has been arrested on multiple felony charges related to a June 30 burglary at a residence on Emerald Circle near Cahaba Valley Road in northern Shelby County.
Keon Nevan Hardy, 29, was charged with second-degree burglary, first-degree theft of property and fraudulent use of a credit card after authorities located him and the vehicle he allegedly stole from the residence during the burglary.
According to a Shelby County Sheriff’s Office press release, Birmingham police officers found the stolen white 2012 Ford F-150 King Cab pickup truck empty in Birmingham. Officers and Shelby County deputies then found Hardy near the truck and arrested him.
Hardy allegedly had a key to the truck in his pocket.
According to the initial SCSO press release issued after the incident, authorities were searching for two suspects involved; however, Hardy is the only suspect that has been arrested in the case.
The homeowners of the Emerald Circle residence allegedly discovered an unknown man wearing a mask and possibly armed with a gun in their house at about 4:30 a.m. June 30.
The suspect fled in the homeowners’ truck. The homeowners, uninjured, then called 911.
As of July 15, Hardy was being held in the Birmingham City Jail as he awaited extradition to the Shelby County Jail.
His bond is set at $50,000.
Second-degree burglary and first-degree theft of property are Class B felonies, and fraudulent use of a credit card is a Class C felony.
Shelby County Sheriff John Samaniego expressed gratitude to the Birmingham Police Department for help with the investigation, noting he was glad to see the suspect arrested and charged.
“I take all crimes very seriously, but none more so than the forced entry into a person’s home,” Samaniego wrote in the release. “Our job now is to continue to work to catch others who commit this type of crime and to prevent them from doing it again.”
Anyone with information about the case or leads on the stolen vehicle is urged to contact the SCSO at 669-4181, through the Secret Witness line at 669-9116 or through ShelbySO.com (click on the “Report Criminal Activity” link and choose the “General Information” category).