Crime Stoppers May 29: Suspect steals from liquor store; Detectives need tips to solve murder near Pinson

Victim: Matthew Joshua Hale


Around 5:30 am September 10th, a man, whose picture is posted to the right of this story, broke into the Mr. Spirits Liquor Store on Forestdale Boulevard.{}He immediately went to the cash register but was not successful opening the drawer.{}

"So he casually walks over and picks up five bottles of gin and strolls off," said Sgt. Brian Allison.Although he covered his head with a white shirt, his face is visible in the surveillance video. Police believe he may live in an area near the store, so if you can identify the suspect, contact Crime Stoppers immediately.{}"If somebody is in this desperate need of money, then he's going to take advantage of anybody he can who will satisfy whatever need he has at that moment," added Sgt. Allison.{}APRIL 16TH HOMICIDE:

Detectives still need your help to solve a homicide that happened April 16th. 28-year-old Matthew Joshua Hale was shot and killed, and drivers on{}Sharon Church Road just north of Pinson found his body near the 4200 block.{}

"This is a young man who needs justice, his family deserves justice, and his friends deserve justice," said{}Sgt. Allison. "Beyond that, there's still a murderer out there."

Authorities said when Hale received a phone call{}shortly before midnight, he left his Magnolia Court apartment complex on Weschester Court.{}He then got into a vehicle with someone detectives believe he knew. He was shot multiple times, dumped at a driveway, and left to die.

Sgt. Allison added: "Somebody knows exactly who did this. If you have your suspicions or if you think you know, we still have to have those pieces of information. We have to have this information to bring together so we can bring somebody to justice."

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.

TO PROVIDE A TIP ON EITHER 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 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.