BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - Two men were arrested in connection with a copper theft in Pinson that ended in a police chase in Ensley.
The Jefferson County Sheriff's Department, in a statement Friday to FOX6 News, said Justin Hall, 22, of Pinson, and Randall Goodman, 34, of Pinson, had been arrested on the following charges:
Justin Hall: Burglary, Criminal Mischief, Disorderly conduct and Resisting Arrest
Randall Goodman: Burglary, Criminal Mischief, No Insurance, Failure to Yield, Running a Red Light, Improper Lane Change,
Reckless Driving, Reckless Endangerment and Possession of a Controlled Substance
Authorities said shortly after noon on Thursday, an off-duty deputy spotted three burglary suspects inside a blue Ford Ranger on Hwy. 31 at Tarrant Road in Gardendale. The men were suspects in a burglary that occurred April 20th in the Pinson area and had a large air conditioner in the back of their truck. The driver saw the deputy and quickly took off towards north Birmingham. The deputy followed and requested backup.
During the pursuit, deputies said the air conditioner fell out of the truck on Avenue W. The pursuit ended at 18th Street in Ensley, where two of the three men were apprehended by deputies and Birmingham Police. The third suspect fled the area and had not been located as of Friday afternoon.
Investigators said they believe the men stole the air conditioner with intentions to sell the copper inside it. They also believe the men were involved in similar thefts in other jurisdictions.
Hall was being held in the Jefferson County Jail on $34,000 bond. Goodman was being held in the Jefferson County Jail on $54,500 bond.
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