Courtney Donae Jones, 24, of 2392 Feddisburg Rd., was charged with one count each of first-degree theft of property and third-degree burglary.
The $50,000 white-and-blue 1965 Ford Mustang GT350 2+2 was stolen from a storage unit on U.S. 280 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.
Elkins said the Code of Alabama prescribes the first-degree theft charge in the theft of “any motor vehicle regardless of value.”
Third-degree burglary is when a person “enters or remains unlawfully in a building with intent to commit a crime therein,” Elkins said, quoting the state code.
He said the burglary charge is a Class C felony, punishable by a year and a day to 10 years in prison. The theft charge is a Class B felony, punishable by two to 20 years in prison.
Jones was arrested last Saturday night, when police were called to a fight at a pool hall on Third Street.
He had earlier been identified as a suspect in the Mustang theft, and was arrested at the pool hall on a misdemeanor warrant for failure to appear in court on a municipal case, Elkins said.
Police Chief Doug Wesson said Monday that Jones has confessed to stealing the car and pulling it to the dead end where it was found.
Talladega County District Judge Jeb Fannin set Jones’ bond at $20,000.
If he’s convicted, Jones would also have to pay restitution for repairs to the car. The ignition was damaged, the front spoiler was removed so the car could be pulled with a chain, and apparently it was also driven several miles in a low gear without shifting gears.
The car has been released to its owner.
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