Weaver manhunt

Weaver police, Calhoun County Sheriff's Deputies and U.S. Marshals wait near the scene where burglary suspects abandoned a stolen vehicle after a short chase. (Kirsten Fiscus / The Anniston Star)

JACKSONVILLE — Weaver police were searching Tuesday afternoon for suspects who broke into a home and led officers on a short chase before they abandoned the vehicle under a bridge in Jacksonville, officials said.

Weaver police, Calhoun County Sheriff’s deputies and U.S. Marshals remained at the scene around 3 p.m. where a burgundy Chevrolet Tahoe was left under a bridge near Tallassee Trail and Alexandria-Jacksonville Highway.

Weaver police Lt. Charles Plitt said a call came into 911 around 12:28 p.m. from a woman saying men were breaking into her neighbor’s home on Hilltop Road.

“The neighbor gave the best description she could of the men and a description of the vehicle,” Plitt said at the scene where the Tahoe was left. Plitt said they were sure they were looking for two white men in their 20s but that there may be a third suspect with a similar description.

Plitt said he spotted the Tahoe on Alexandria-Jacksonville Highway shortly after receiving the initial call to 911 and turned his vehicle around to follow them.

“They took off and went up Waterford Way,” Plitt said. “It appeared they didn’t know it was a dead end so they went through people’s yards to evade me. They were easily going 70 to 80 miles per hour.”

The suspects turned right back onto the highway and went less than half a mile east before veering off the road down the bank of the Little Tallasseehatchee Creek and abandoning the vehicle, Plitt said.

Inside the vehicle, Plitt said officers recovered property that was taken from the home on Hilltop Road.

“The vehicle was also reported stolen,” he said, but could not recall from which city it had been reported stolen.

Plitt said Shelby County Sheriff’s deputies brought tracking dogs to the scene, Oxford police sent their helicopter to assist in the search and Jacksonville police also responded to the call.

​Staff writer Kirsten Fiscus: 256-235-3563. On Twitter @kfiscus_star.