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      Crime Stoppers July 9: Suspects wanted for rash of vehicle break-ins in Pinson area

      Stolen vehicle and suspects' vehicle

      STRING OF JEFFERSON COUNTY VEHICLE BURGLARIES:

      At least three people are wanted for a rash of car break-ins that occurred in the Pinson area last month. They're also facing an attempted murder charge.

      June 2, authorities said the suspects stole a white Mitsubishi Montero from a residence on Prescott Lane.

      The next day around 2:30 am, the stolen vehicle and a{}SUV are captured on camera at a location on Summer Crest Drive in Pinson.

      "At that time, you see an unknown suspect walk up to a driveway and casually check vehicles," said Jefferson County Sgt. Brian Allison. "They basically go and check the locks to see what's open and commit burglaries of opportunity by going into these vehicles and taking what they can."

      Sgt. Allison said the stolen vehicle was later spotted on Pine Crest Road, and a police chase began. The suspect jumped out of the vehicle, and it crashed into a fence. The suspect was able to escape from authorities.

      Several weeks later, Sgt. Allison said the suspects stole a weapon from a vehicle: "A homeowner noticed somebody breaking into his vehicle in his driveway. He{}went outside and fired a shot at the suspects. Using a stolen handgun that they had stolen earlier in the evening, they returned fire. So not only do we have unlawful breaking and entering of a vehicle, but they're also wanted{}attempted murder. They're stepping up their game consistently."

      TO PROVIDE A TIP ON THE CASE:

      You can reach Crime Stoppers anytime at (205) 254-7777.

      Also, you can text 7777, along with your tip, to the word "CRIMES." Or if you prefer to send an encrypted tip online, go to www.crimestoppersmetroal.com click on the "submit an online tip" link.

      No matter which method you choose, you will remain anonymous. Each tipster receives a private code number. If an arrest is made based on an individual's tip, the tipster can use the code number to claim a cash reward.

      Crime Stoppers cannot call tipsters to testify in court.

      Crime Stoppers of Metro Alabama is a partnership between local law enforcement, the Birmingham Business Alliance and ABC 33/40. Together, our goal is to make our community a safer place to live and work.

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