Busby said that officers initially made contact with Robert Junior Smith, 41, at 12:21 a.m. Saturday on West Damon Avenue in the Bemiston neighborhood of Talladega. The officers were responding to a call regarding cars being broken into, Busby said.
Smith was “found to be in possession of what appeared to be stolen property,” Busby said. “In the course of the investigation, officers and detectives found vehicles in the area that had been broken into, and matched the property in Smith’s possession to one of those vehicles.”
Those items included a woman’s purse containing a small amount of cash, personal identification, gift cards and the credit card that he was charged with. All of the above items were taken from the same vehicle.
Busby said at least three vehicles in the same general area were also reported broken into, but Smith had not been charged for any of those as of Tuesday afternoon.
Smith was charged with possession of stolen property in the third degree and possession of marijuana in the second degree. The marijuana was recovered on his person, Busby said.
The bonds on these two charges were set at $1,000 each.
Illegal possession of a credit or debit card is a Class C felony in Alabama, punishable upon conviction by one year and one day to 10 years in prison. Possession of stolen property in the third degree and possession of marijuana in the second degree are misdemeanors, punishable upon conviction by up to 12 months in the county jail.
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