Chief Connie Cooner Rowe said members of the JPD’s night patrol division arrested 18-year-old Jamie Tubbs and 24-year-old Jeremy Swain at around 5:45 a.m. Sunday. Both suspects are from Jasper.
Rowe said two more suspects were involved in the spree. One is a juvenile, and her identity is not being released.
Rowe said Sunday afternoon she did not have enough information to give a description of the other suspect, who remains at large.
According to investigators, the recent rash of vehicle break-ins started Wednesday, and more than 15 cars were burglarized before the arrests.
“This has been such a problem and such a big issue,” Rowe said.
Detective Jimmy Vann, who is investigating the case along with Detective Sgt. Danny Hyde, said earlier this week that the break-ins occurred in residential areas with a lot of parked cars, areas like apartment complexes. And only unlocked cars were burglarized during the spree, he said.
According to Rowe, the Jasper Police Department received a call of a suspicious vehicle on Airport Road late Saturday night. Shortly after, police dispatchers started receiving calls of vehicle break-ins.
Though officers had a limited description of the vehicle — a gray Honda Accord — Rowe said patrolmen conducted a thorough search and pulled the suspects over near the intersection of Oak Hill Road and Highway 78.
“We’d still be looking for these suspects, and cars would still be getting broken into if it wasn’t for what they did,” Rowe said. “I appreciate their efforts on behalf of this community.”
Jasper Police Sgt. Mitchell Jones stopped the gray Honda early Sunday morning, and patrol officers Eric Oliver, Joey Darty and David Mize (who was off duty at the time) provided assistance.
Rowe said she would also like to thank the residents who reported the suspicious vehicle.
Jasper police urge anyone with information about the remaining suspect to call 205-221-2121. Vann said he can be reached directly at 205-221-8148.