Sheriff: Pinson man arrested for burglary to fund admitted heroin addiction


JEFFERSON COUNTY, Ala. (WIAT) — A Pinson man is behind bars after officials say he broke into a house to try and fund his admitted heroin addiction.

According to the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office, deputies arrived at a mobile home on Carson Road North on a reported burglary in process. The homeowner wasn’t home at the time, but called the Sheriff’s Office after a neighbor told her a man in a white truck was breaking in her home.

When deputies got there, they saw the truck was still at the residence and the front door was forced open. They heard someone moving around inside, and yelled for them to come out.

The suspect opened a front window and crawled through, and surrendered when he saw the deputies outside. Officials say the suspect told the deputies “he has a drug problem and needed some money,” explaining he uses $150 of heroin a day.

The Sheriff’s Office identified the suspect as 34-year-old Miguel Don Juan of Pinson. He was arrested and charged with burglary in the third degree and possession of burglary tools. Officials say he had several outstanding warrants for failing to appear on drug charges. He’s currently in the Jefferson County Jail without bond.

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