Suspect identified in car dealership burglaries

Published 3:22 pm Friday, May 27, 2011

Warrants have been signed for a suspect accused of stealing more than $18,000 worth of property from a local car dealership.

Chilton County law enforcement—along with several other agencies—are looking for Demetric Lamond Chapman, who allegedly was involved in burglaries of eight dealerships in six different jurisdictions.


“We have been working with surrounding agencies for the past month by sharing information and evidence on our cases,” Capt. David Clackley with the Clanton Police Department said in a release. “The level of cooperation in this case was a key factor in the identification of the suspect.

“He has been charged in each jurisdiction with the appropriate charges. Had it not been for the persistence of our detectives and the ability to coordinate with other agencies, this offender may have remained unknown.”

Chapman has been charged with theft of property second degree, five counts of burglary third degree, criminal mischief second degree, criminal mischief third degree, two counts of possession of burglary tools and three counts of theft of property first degree.

Bond has been pre-set at $161,500.

On April 17, $7,000 worth of merchandise was stolen from Stokes Chevrolet, and an attempted burglary was made at McKinnon Toyota. On May 8, Stokes suffered a merchandise loss of $11,500 more.

Sgt. Cameron Bates and Cpl. Whitney Ray with CPD began a joint investigation with other nearby agencies, and a breakthrough in the case was made by Hoover detective Keith Czeskleba.

“Upon arriving at the Birmingham address, there was a black Nissan Titan, which fit the security video footage of the vehicle used in the burglaries,” Bates said in the release. “We knew that we had a great lead of the suspects at that point.”

A search warrant was obtained and executed on the residence, and items believed to be stolen were recovered.

The Titan was also found to be stolen from a Trussville dealership in January.

Adrienne Huff , 31, was arrested by the Birmingham Police Department and charged with receiving stolen property first degree.

Anyone with information about Chapman should call Bates at 755-1194 ext. 315 or Ray at 755-1194 ext. 318. Callers would remain anonymous.