A man and woman were arrested by Talladega County sheriff’s deputies over the weekend and charged with stealing a pickup truck and a camper, with other charges likely coming.
According to Sgt. Mike Jones, Jessica Michelle Vickers, 34, of Sycamore, and Talmadge Cody Fuller, 26, of Shelby, were both arrested Saturday and charged with one count of theft of property in the first degree. Fuller was also served with a warrant from Sylacauga, and Vickers with one from Childersburg, according to jail records.
The couple are accused of stealing a red 1993 Chevrolet pickup and a 31-foot Dutchman recreational vehicle and camper valued at $20,000 from a residence on Renfroe Road in Alpine sometime between Thursday morning and Friday afternoon.
At the same location around the same time, a home and two sheds were burglarized and several items were reported stolen, including six portable racing radios with five headsets valued at $1,500, a set of automotive inspection tools in a metal box valued at $250; 25 screwdrivers valued at $30; Blue Point air conditioning manifolds and gauges valued at $150; a GE microwave oven valued at $75; a Coach 100 metal manual tire changer valued at $750 and a Polaroid portable DVD player valued at $100.
A metal door and frame valued at $400 and a shed door hinge valued at $10 are also listed as damaged.
Investigators spoke with some of the victim’s neighbors and were able to develop suspects in the case, Jones said.
Fuller and Vickers were stopped by deputies early Saturday morning. The box of automotive inspection tools was recovered in their vehicle during the stop. The truck and the RV were recovered, undamaged, on Garrett Road in Sylacauga about an hour later.
Bond was set at $5,000 each by District Judge Jeb Fannin, Jones said. Vickers posted bond and was released today, but Fuller remained behind bars.
As of this afternoon, Fuller and Vickers had been charged with stealing the truck and camper, but other charges are likely. Other than the testing equipment, none of the other items stolen from the house or the sheds had been recovered today.
First-degree theft of property is a class B felony in Alabama, punishable upon conviction by two to 20 years in prison.