Crime Stoppers August 20: Elderly woman threatened; Target targeted in July

Suspect's vehicle at Target


It was August 5 when an elderly woman's life was threatened. Around 6:30 pm, she was driving on Republic Road to visit her son in Forestdale. As she drove to the intersection of Brackett Loop, two black males in a dark sedan cut her off. One of the suspects got out of the car, asked for her purse, and threatened her life.

"He came up to her driver's side window and said,{}'Give me your purse, or I'm going to blow your head off,'" said Jefferson County Sheriff's Office Sgt. Brian Allison.

Later that evening, a man was spotted at Hibbett Sports and Foot Locker in Five Points West. His picture is posted to the right of this story.

Detectives said he used the victim's stolen credit cards and charged several thousand dollars.

"Not only do we have him with fraudulent use of a credit card, but we also{}feel very strongly that he is going to lead us and give us what we need to lead us to the people who were actually involved in the robbery itself," added Sgt. Allison.

If you know who he is, contact{}Crime Stoppers immediately at 205-254-7777. {}


Birmingham detectives need your help cracking a case that happened July 15 at the Target on Highway 280. A man and woman, whose pictures are posted to the right of this story, walked into the store and filled their shopping cart with two beach towels, a television and razor blades.

When they attempted to leave, loss prevention officers stopped them.

"At that point, the{}male suspect pulled{}a box cutter out of his pocket and threatened bodily harm," said Birmingham Detective Pat Green.

They{}left their items at the store{}and pulled out of the parking lot in a dark Isuzu Rodeo with a partial tag number of 1-C-8-5-p-5.

"We know it's a Jefferson county tag, so anybody who thinks they may have any clues or any ideas, don't hesitate to pick up the phone and give us a call," added Green.


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