Teen charged with breaking into store

Published 3:17 pm Wednesday, July 1, 2009

A Verbena teenager was arrested Wednesday morning after apparently breaking into Action Motorsports in Clanton.

Timothy Jake Wells Jr., 19, faces charges of burglary and theft of property. He is being held in the Chilton County Jail. No bond has been set as of Wednesday afternoon.

Clanton police responded to a security alarm from Action Motorsports about 5:15 a.m.

When the first officer arrived, Wells drove his pickup truck into a nearby field and then fled on foot, according to Police Chief Brian Stilwell. Officers soon found and arrested the teenager.

Police recovered a 2009 Suzuki 4-wheeler in the same field. Stilwell said it appears Wells was trying to load the 4-wheeler into the back of his truck when officers arrived.

Investigators believe another suspect and vehicle are possibly involved in the burglary.

“We had some witnesses who saw a small red pickup leave right before officers arrived,” said Stilwell.

Tracking dogs were brought in to look for other suspects, but Stilwell said if more people were involved, they likely left in the red truck.

Police also found a red Honda dirt bike on back of Wells’ truck. Police believe it too was stolen from a different location.

The burglar(s) entered Action Motorsports by prying open a garage door, which suffered “considerable” damage, according to Stilwell.

Anyone with information about the case should contact the Clanton Police Department at 755-1194.