Craigslist post leads to burglary bust

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — Earlier this month, deputies were called to a home on the 5000 block of Rosser Farms Drive in McCalla to investigate a report of a burglary that had occurred between June 29th and June 30th.

Upon arrival, deputies learned that at least two new homes had been broken and robbed.

The items stolen included microwaves, dishwashers, ranges, tables and chairs.

Soon after deputies left they were again contacted by the home building company.

The company representative told deputies that he had seen items for sale on a Craigslist that appeared to be the ones stolen from their properties.

He had contacted the seller to inquire if the items listed were still available.

The seller told him they were, as well as, additional items not listed.

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On July 3rd, using this information gathered by the home building company rep, deputies working undercover contacted the seller about purchasing the items.

The deputies set up a time to meet the seller. Once the seller arrived at the arrange meeting spot deputies surrounded him and his accomplice and took them into custody.

Deputies discovered a stainless steel gas range in the suspects truck, which was confirmed to have been stolen from one the new homes.

The driver of the truck told deputies that he had no knowledge of the items being stolen, and his friend had offered him $25 to deliver the items.

The passenger of the vehicle was identified as 33 year old Edmond Patrick Nelson Jr. of Bessemer.

He refused to answer any of the deputies’ questions.

He was charged with receiving stolen property and taken to the Jefferson County Jail.

Detectives then executed a search warrant Nelson’s home in the 5500 block of Satellite Drive in Bessemer.

While searching his residence deputies recovered many more new appliances including ranges, refrigerators, microwaves, flat screen televisions and a dishwasher.

Several of these items they found were confirmed to be stolen.

Additional charges were brought against Nelson for Burglary 3rd degree, Receiving Stolen Property 2nd Degree and Theft of Property 2nd Degree.

He posted $45,000 bond and was released.

The investigation is ongoing as detectives believe that others were involved in these burglaries.

Sheriff Mike Hale is scheduled to hold a press release at 3:00 p.m. at the Sheriff’s Headquarters Training room this afternoon.

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