TALLADEGA COUNTY -- The Talladega County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the breaking into and entering of 13 or 14 pickup trucks and SUVs near Sylacauga, according to incident and offense reports.
Most, but not all, had guns stolen from inside them.
Sgt. Mike Jones said all of the break-ins occurred between Nov. 1 and 2, sometime overnight Thursday into Friday morning. With one exception, all of the break-ins appear to be related, he said.
The first incident to be reported involved removing the back door glass from a 2001 Chevrolet C1500 extended cab on the 800 block of Fulton Gap Road. The glass window panes were recovered. Items stolen from inside the vehicle included a Kel-Tec .380 semiautomatic handgun valued at $307.69 and a Matthew LX bow valued at $400.
Next was a Chevrolet Silverado on the 50 block of Autumn Acres Lane. Items listed as stolen from this vehicle included an unknown type of medication and a .22 caliber Derringer pistol valued at $200. A pair of gloves was recovered at the scene, Jones said.
The rear window of this vehicle was also damaged, to the tune of $350, according to the report.
Back on Autumn Acres Lane, the 100 block this time, a 2010 GMC also sustained damage to a rear-window valued at $350. A Taurus .45/.410 revolver valued at $471.90 was listed as stolen.
Just down the street, on the 50 block of Autumn Acres, a 2008 Jeep Wrangler had been left unlocked overnight. U.S. currency was stolen from inside the vehicle.
On the 70 block of the same street, the back window glass of a Toyota Tacoma was broken out, but nothing was listed as stolen.
Back on the 1000 block of Fulton Gap Road, the back door glass of a 2002 Ford F150 was damaged, and assorted hand tools valued at $40 were reported stolen.
The next two vehicles were both parked at the same location on the 100 block of Fulton Circle; they were described as a 2010 Ford F150 and a 2018 Dodge Ram. The back glass of the former was damaged, and a black pistol magazine and cash were stolen. The latter was not damaged, but a credit card was stolen from inside. As of Wednesday afternoon, the card had not been used, Jones said.
At 1190 Fulton Gap Road, a window was broken out of a 2017 Chevrolet Tahoe and a Kel-tec .32 caliber pistol was stolen.
Jones said the rear window of a 2006 F150 was broken out on the 100 block of Fulton Circle, and the only items listed as stolen was a house key.
On the 200 block of Fulton Circle, once again, the rear window of a 2015 Dodge Ram was broken, and a .22 caliber Smith and Wesson pistol and cash were stolen.
The last break-in definitely associated with the others was a 2003 Ford F250 on the 40 block of Autumn Acres Lane. A black Old Timer knife valued at $20 was the only item listed as stolen. This vehicle was unlocked, and no force was used.
A 2012 GMC Sierra was also broken into during the same time period as the others, on the 1000 block of Settlement Lane. A black backpack valued at $30 was stolen. Jones said this incident may be related to the others, but he could not say for certain.
As of Wednesday, no suspects had been identified in the case, although some witnesses did report seeing a white car they did not recognize in the area before the break-ins.
Anyone with information on any of these incidents should contact the Talladega County Sheriff’s Office at 256-761-2141 or leave an anomyous tip online at http://www.talladegasheriff.mattfuller85.com/crime-tip/.