TALLADEGA -- A Talladega man was arrested last week, accused of breaking into and entering a motor vehicle.
Jonathan William Chatman, 20, of Talladega, was arrested Nov. 28 after police allegedly witnessed him getting into a vehicle that did not belong to him in the parking lot of Talladega Insurance on North Spring Street. Bond in the case was set at $5,000 by Talladega County District Judge Jeb Fannin.
According to Talladega County Metro Jail records, Chatman posted bond Friday night and was released.
According to Talladega police Lt. Jimmy Thompson, witnesses first noticed Chatman wandering around the parking lot of First Bank of Alabama on North Street just after 9:30 a.m. One bank employee called the police while another followed him after he left, not finding any unlocked vehicles.
He apparently had better luck a few blocks away at Talladega Insurance, where he did find an unlocked vehicle and was leaning inside it when police arrived.
“He didn’t have time to actually steal anything from inside the car,” Thompson said.
He was taken into custody in the parking lot.
Breaking into and entering a motor vehicle is a class C felony in Alabama, punishable upon conviction by one year and one day to 10 years in prison.