Crime Stoppers June 19: Center Point armed robbery; Ashville school laptop theft

Suspect in Ashville laptop theft


Police need your help catching the suspect responsible for an armed robbery at the Auto Zone on Center Point Parkway May 26th.

The suspect's picture is posted to the right of this story.{}

The man walked into the store with a gun, demanded money, and walked away with the cash drawer and more than $400.

During the robbery, children were inside.{}

"If he's this desperate for money, chances are he's going to let someone know his plans," said Sgt. Brian Allison. "If he's willing to take this risk with other people including children in the store, his next step is going to be something violent."


May 12th, a suspect, whose picture is posted to the right of this store, stole six laptops from the Eden Career Technical Center.{}

"He's going to try to unload them to somebody," said Detective Pat Green. "Selling a computer without a power cord should be some kind of indication that there's something wrong with that computer."

Surveillance video shows him walking through the parking lot. He broke a side window to get inside, and police believe he knows the area well.

If you have heard or seen anything that could help in either case, call Crime Stoppers at the contact information listed below.{} Remember, all calls are anonymous.{} And if your tip leads to an arrest, detectives will give you a cash reward.

In addition to the Crime Stoppers reward, Wells Fargo is offering a $5,000 reward.{}

TO PROVIDE A TIP ON THE CASES:{} 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 and 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.