BAY MINETTE — A Bay Minette man was arrested Tuesday in connection with a series of automobile break-ins in the Bay Minette area.
A total of five calls regarding vehicle break-ins were reported overnight Monday and early Tuesday morning in the area from West 15th Street, McMillian Avenue, North White Avenue, Mary Jane Drive and Auburn Avenue, according to a release issued Tuesday by Bay Minette Police Chief Al Tolbert.
After canvassing the area, officers located the suspect on West 15th Street exiting a vehicle parked at a private residence, according to the release.
The suspect was arrested after fleeing on foot and was found in possession of a 9 mm pistol that was reportedly stolen from the vehicle he was seen exiting earlier.
Through the course of an investigation, officials believe the suspect was involved in the burglary of six vehicles at five different residential locations.
He was charged with breaking and entering a motor vehicle, unlawful possession of a controlled substance, resisting arrest, carrying a pistol unlawfully, and tampering with physical evidence. He is being held in the Baldwin County Corrections facility on a $12,000 bond.
Records show that he was arrested Dec. 15, 2021 on first degree theft of property and second degree receiving stolen property charges, for which he was released Jan. 14 on a $300 bond.
According to the release, the investigation is ongoing and additional suspects are being sought in connection with the burglaries.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Bay Minette Police Department at 251-580-2559 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.