BESSEMER, Ala. (WIAT) — Deputies were called to Oasis of Praise Church at 9 p.m. on November 21 to investigate reports of a car burglary.
The victim is an employee of the church, located in the 6800 block of Pocahontas Road, and told deputies that the surveillance cameras had captured a video of the suspect int he parking lot breaking into the church and the victim’s car.
The video showed 19-year-old Steven Jones of Bessemer exiting the rear door of the church and placing a piece of paper in the locking mechanism to prevent the door from locking when he left. It also shows Jones entering the victim’s car and taking property.
Church employees knew Jones from a previous incident, where he was told not to return to the property. Additional deputies went to the suspect’s home to locate him.
While searching for Jones, a call was received about a suspicious person knocking on the door of a residence near the church. Deputies found Jones on the front porch of that location, but he refused to comply with commands from deputies. After a brief struggle, he was taken into custody, and no one sustained injuries during the struggle.
Jones is charged with burglary in the third degree, unlawful breaking and entering a motor vehicle, criminal trespass, resisting arrest, theft of property and unlawful possession of marijuana. He is in the Jefferson County Jail with bond set at $45,000.
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