Jasper Police Captain Larry Cantrell said two of the three vehicles taken from Henslee Auto Body Shop in west Jasper sometime between Saturday, June 9, and Sunday, June 10, have been recovered.
“We have been able to recover at least two of the vehicles and have also identified some suspects in the case,” Cantrell said. “We are getting pretty close to making an arrest.”
Cantrell said Jasper police still don’t have any real hard leads in the armed robbery that occurred on Friday, June 15, at the Quik Sak on Cordova Cutoff Road in Jasper. A man and woman robbed the store’s clerk at gunpoint and then fled the scene in a small four-door car.
“The couple made off with an undetermined amount of cash, but we do have a still photo of them that was taken from a surveillance camera,” Cantrell said. “We’re still hoping someone will recognize them and contact us.”
The man is described as being a white male who’s mostly bald — but with a little hair — in his 30s or 40s, approximately 5-foot-11 and between 170 and 180 pounds. He was wearing blue jeans and a black T-shirt with graffiti on the front and back.
Police reports describe the woman as being a white female with red hair, approximately 5-foot-4, weighing approximately 110 pounds. She was wearing blue jeans, a white T-shirt and flip-flops.
Cantrell said warrants have also been signed for the arrest of the man who jumped into Lewis Smith Lake on Thursday, June 14, in an attempt to elude police during a car chase.
Michael Thomas Butler, 34, of Morris reportedly led police on an hour-long chase throughout several areas of Walker and Cullman counties before stopping his car on Lottawatta Drive in the Curry community and jumping into the water. Members of the Smith Lake Task Force, Alabama Marine Police and a Tennessee-based company specializing in unmanned technologies searched the lake for Butler, before getting new information which gave law enforcement reason to believe Butler is alive.
If anyone has any information regarding any of these cases, they are asked to contact the Jasper Police Department at 205-221-2121.