Heflin PD recovers stolen vehicles
by Laura Camper
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The Heflin Police Department recovered two stolen vehicles in a little more than a week, according to the interim police chief.

The police were able to recover a 2009 Kawasaki motorcycle stolen in Anniston and a 2011 Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck reported stolen in Oxford on June 17, said Heflin Police Capt. A.J. Benefield.

On Monday just after 4 a.m., Heflin police officers Scott Winslett and Garrett Pesnell were passing by the Chevron gas station on Almon Street when they noticed a newer-model motorcycle that had been spray-painted.

Clarence Matthew Watts, 27, of Anniston and Samantha Joann Haywood, 30, of Eastaboga were standing near the motorcycle and appeared nervous as the officers pulled in, Benefield said. The woman moved in front of the motorcycle tag, shielding it from the officers’ view, he said.

The motorcycle turned out to be one stolen in Anniston.

The two were charged with receiving stolen property. In addition, Watts was charged with possession of burglary tools, giving a false name to the officers and for having a pistol with no license in his possession, Benefield said.

Haywood was also charged with possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia including scales and needles, he said.

The two were being held at Cleburne County Jail with a $34,300 bond on Tuesday, Benefield said.

On June 17, just two and half hours after the vehicle was reported stolen Officer Drew Miller arrested Thomas James Nevills, 48, of Oxford who allegedly was driving a stolen pickup, Benefield said.

The pickup, which matched the description of a truck stolen in Oxford, was parked in Becwayne’s Foodland parking lot on Almon Street about 6:40 p.m. when Miller spotted it, Benefield said. The driver got out of the truck and headed to the store as the officer entered the parking lot, Benefield said. Miller was able to apprehend the driver before he went into the store. He was charged with receiving stolen property, Benefield said.

Officers from Oxford Police Department picked the suspect up, Benefield said.

Staff writer Laura Camper 256-463-2872. On Twitter @LCamper_Star.
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