Police arrested Courtney Jones, 24, of 2392 Feddisburg Road, Saturday night on a warrant for failure to obey a court order. Wesson said charges will be filed soon concerning the stolen car.
The collectible $50,000 white-and-blue 1965 Ford Mustang GT350 2+2 was stolen from a storage unit on U.S. 280 in Childersburg on Jan. 20 between 9:45 and 10 p.m., and was recovered the next day in the 700 block of Ferry Road, according to police reports about the incident.
The storage unit containing the car was one of more than 80 broken into around that time in Childersburg. Guns, electronics and other merchandise were taken.
Shortly after the Mustang was recovered, Wesson said police had identified a person of interest in the case and recovered bolt cutters and burglary tools believed to have been used in the break-ins.
Wesson said Monday that Jones had gone out of state for a few weeks after the car theft, but police were aware that he had returned last week. When police were called to a fight at a pool hall on Third Street Saturday evening, they recognized Jones and arrested him on the warrant.
“I went to Talladega and interviewed him today (Monday), and he admitted taking the car,” Wesson said. “The car was found on a dead end on Ferry Road. He admitted pulling it over there and parking it because he couldn’t drive a stick,” Wesson said.
Jones did not confess to breaking into the other mini warehouses, Wesson said.
“I guess he felt remorse” about taking the car, the police chief said.
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