The suspect had been renting a house on Hyde Lane, Busby said. On Saturday, the 72-year-old woman who owns the house reported that her tenant had moved out and taken a metal storage building and four vehicles with him.
The storage building is estimated at $3,000, Busby said. The four vehicles include a Dodge and a Chevrolet pickup truck, both unknown years; a 1960 El Camino and a 1948 Plymouth. No further description of the vehicles was available Monday.
Although investigators have identified a suspect, he had not been arrested as of Monday afternoon.
Although it appears to be unrelated, police are investigating another theft of a motor vehicle in Talladega.
This incident occurred Sunday between 6 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., when someone appears to have stolen a 1995 Econoline van belonging to The Birmingham Times from a driveway on the 150 block of Shocco Springs Road.
Busby said there are no witnesses or suspects in this case.
Theft of a motor vehicle, even one that does not run, is always classified as theft of property in the first degree under Alabama law.
Theft of property in the first degree is a class B felony, punishable upon conviction by two to 20 years in prison.