At one point, said Chief Deputy Randy Christian, the suspect retrieved a gun from the trunk of his car and waved it at the security guard before taking off again at a high rate of speed.
It all started about 12:15 a.m. when deputies spotted a suspicious vehicle parked behind Porter Baptist Church in the western Jefferson County community of Quinton. Unable to find the driver, they began searching the area because they knew seven vehicles had been broken into the previous day on nearby Honeysuckle Road.
As they searched, the church security guard called sheriff’s dispatchers to say he was following the suspicious vehicle from the church. The guard lost sight of the car, but deputies located it about 12:40 a.m. and made a traffic stop, Christian said.
Inside the car deputies found jewelry, prescription medications and GPS devices that had been stolen in the recent break-ins. Deputies pushed the “home” button on one of the GPS devices and were able to contact the owner.
William Wesley Thomas is charged with three counts of receiving stolen property and unlawful possession of a controlled substance. Christian said more charges will be added as victims are located.
Thomas is in the county jail with bond set at $48,000.