Suspect arrested in string of car break-ins now faces multiple charges

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (WIAT) — Tuscaloosa authorities arrested and charged with breaking and entering an 18-year-old in connection with a string of car break-ins. Bryant Keith Neal was arrested July 29 and charged with 15 counts of unlawful breaking and entering of a motor vehicle and first-degree robbery.

Tuscaloosa County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Lt. Andy Norris says investigators charged Neal with four additional counts of unlawful breaking and entering of a motor vehicle, as well as third-degree burglary and first-degree theft of property Wednesday. His bond now totals $380,000.

Seventeen-year-old Nicholas Anderson is also being held at Tuscaloosa County Jail on $60,000 bond for first-degree robbery after investigators linked him to an incident with Neal on July 25 at Branscomb Apartments.

Chief Ron Abernathy with the Tuscaloosa County Sheriff’s Office commended investigators as well as agents with the West Alabama Narcotics Task Force for their collaborative task force that helped lead to the arrests and subsequent charges.

Abernathy also wants to remind you to “Lock It; Hide It or Lose It.”

“Often times in cases like these we find that the items stolen were from unlocked vehicles,” Abernathy says.

Copyright 2014 WIAT 42 News

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