Steven Ray Johnson, 33, of Carbon Hill, was arrested March 6 for two break-ins at Club Pizza.
According to Carbon Hill Police Lt. Jason Richardson, officers received a tip Johnson was the one who had broken into the restaurant. From there, the police department obtained a search warrant for Johnson’s car.
“When we did the search warrant on his vehicle, that’s when we found the items that were stolen from there,” Richardson said. “The first burglary was when the items were stolen from out of there. That’s what we found in Steven’s car, the tablets and stuff. That’s why we could get him with receiving stolen property.”
Club Pizza, located at 116 7th Street NW in Carbon Hill, was broken into twice — once in January and again in February. Richardson said Johnson stole tablets, scratch-off tickets, $500 to $700 in quarters and other miscellaneous items. According to reports, approximately $15,000 in damages were done to the store.
“He stole just odds and ends, like little flashlights that you can win out of the little machines,” Richardson said. “... He broke into the side where the air duct was. He crawled through the air duct on the side and busted through the wall.”
Johnson was previously charged with possession of methamphetamine. He has been charged with burglary 3rd, theft of property 2nd, receiving stolen property 2nd and criminal mischief 2nd.
A female is expected to be charged in connection with the second burglary next week.
“We’re not going to tolerate stuff like this in Carbon Hill. We’re here to protect the people and protect the businesses,” Richardson said. “We’re not going to let people get away with doing what they’re out here trying to do. He [Johnson] just thought he could get by with it.”
Johnson is being held in the Walker County Jail. Bond has not been set at this time.