Three Tuscaloosa Men Suspected of Car Break-Ins Face Five New Charges Each
The three Tuscaloosa men charged with seven felonies after breaking into vehicles in the area now face five additional charges each related to more break-ins, police confirmed Wednesday.
Deputies with the Tuscaloosa County Sheriff's Office had received reports of break-ins in the Magnolia Park area off Old Greensboro Road.
Dylan Alexander Joseph, 23, James Bernarel Maye, 19, and LaDarrius Tervelle Harrison, 19, whose picture (far right) was previously not available, were pursued by Tuscaloosa County Sheriff's deputies to an apartment complex on 18th Street East early last Saturday morning.
Once the suspects were in custody, deputies found items from the break-ins in the county and other recent break-ins reported in the city's jurisdiction in the Ridgewood and Broadview neighborhoods.
All three men were first charged with seven counts each of Unauthorized Breaking and Entering of a vehicle, a Class C felony in the state.
Both Joseph and Maye allegedly admitted to pulling on car door handles in the Lenox South subdivision near Shelton State Community College the night of their arrest, although Joseph later recanted his statement citing self incrimination.
Harrison confessed to driving the vehicle and knowing the other suspects were going through cars to see what they could take.
Tuscaloosa Police Department's Criminal Investigations Divisions dedicated time this week to obtaining warrants, and changed all three men with five additional counts each of breaking and entering the vehicles in Ridgewood and Broadview.
Joseph and Maye were both served while still being held at the Tuscaloosa County Jail. Harrison, who was released on bond for the county charges, turned himself in on the new charges from the city cases.
“We’re grateful the residents were able to provide us with the security footage and that people shared the videos on social media,” said Capt. Kip Hart, commander of TPD’s Criminal Investigations Division. “We’re grateful the Sheriff’s deputies were able to take these suspects into custody and work with us on these cases.”