Derick Watson was arrested on charges of burglary, theft of property and receiving stolen property. Cordova Police Chief Nick Smith said Wednesday that Watson, the driver of the Mustang, is now out of jail on bond, which the department will be seeking to have revoked.
Carrie Davis, Justin Woods and Brittany Ford have also been charged with receiving stolen property.
Woods was arrested by the Walker County Sheriff’s Office on a failure-to-appear warrant and is facing additional charges of receiving stolen property.
The white Mustang involved in the case was first seen in the Cordova area on Friday morning during an attempted break-in on Cordova-Gorgas Road.
Smith responded to the call and found that the glass on the back door had been busted.
“They got spooked by the neighbor, got into the white Mustang and fled,” Smith said.
Witnesses reported that the suspects were two males, one of which was white. The race of the second male could not be determined from eyewitness accounts.
On Saturday, a house on Cordova-Parrish Road was burglarized. Witnesses again spotted a white male driving a white Mustang with someone in the passenger seat.
CPD notified area law enforcement agencies to be on the lookout for the vehicle. The information was also posted on the department’s Facebook page and was soon circulating on dozens of other pages as well.
While working a shift with the Jasper Police Department on Saturday, Smith stopped the Mustang but released its occupants, Watson and Davis, because there was not enough evidence to detain them.
The two were pulled over again Monday morning by a member of the Parrish Police Department.
Watson was brought to the Cordova police station for questioning by Smith and officer BJ Simmons.
Smith also interrogated Davis about the jewelry she was wearing because he suspected that it was from the break-in on Cordova-Parrish Road.
“We called the victim up to the police department. She identified some of the jewelry as being hers. We then obtained a confession and recovered the jewelry box in Parrish, where it had been sold to an individual antique collector. We also recovered some but not all of the jewelry,” Smith said.
CPD also received information regarding the case that led to Woods and Ford being arrested at the Travel-Rite Inn in Jasper.
Smith said social media and support from citizens and local law enforcement led to the case being closed within four days of the first incident occurring in the Cordova jurisdiction.
“This is the kind of success that you can have when you have the community and other local law enforcement agencies working together,” Smith said.