Daily Mountain Eagle
Jasper police are continuing to search for the person who recently burglarized a Jasper pawn shop, and a cash reward is now being offered for information leading to the suspect's arrest.
The suspect, believed to be a white male, is wanted for the Jan. 18 burglary at Bill's Pawn, located at 209 Highway 78 East. He faces charges of third-degree burglary and first-degree theft of property.
Bill's Pawn owner Rachel Parker said she is offering an unspecified cash reward to anyone who can provide information that lands the suspect behind bars.
"We want the person brought to justice," she said. "We still don't know exactly how much was taken or what the worth is. Our insurance company is still going through that information. We want to see this person arrested as soon as possible."
Parker said the incident has forced her to change many procedures around her store.
"We've had to crack down on security here," she said. "We've changed the way we do several things."
Jasper Police Chief Danny Patton said around 10 p.m. on Jan. 18 the suspect used several tools to create a hole in the back wall of the business. After entering the building through the hole, the suspect took what Patton described as a large amount of jewelry.
The suspect exited through the hole he had created, and Patton said witnesses reported seeing him run to a nearby parking lot and flee in a newer model, orange with black fenders Chevrolet Colorado pickup truck.
The Jasper Police Department has released photographs of the suspect inside the store and of the pickup truck. In the photo, the man is wearing a stocking over his head and a green shirt.
"We hope folks will take a look at these pictures again and can recognize the suspect," said Jimmy Vann, an investigator with the Jasper Police Department. "If so, we need them to contact us immediately."
Anyone with information should contact Vann at 205-221-8148 or the Jasper Police Department at 205-221-6790.