James Ramone Hernandez, 23, and Becca Mae Jones, 20, both of Anniston, were charged with second-degree theft, a felony, according to police reports and court records that became available Thursday.
According to Anniston police Capt. Allen George, the 33-year-old victim showed the suspects her Taurus revolver while they were visiting her home on the 600 block of South Corning Street on Nov. 18.
The captain said that after the victim showed the suspects the gun, she put it underneath a table in her living room. The victim told police she left the room for a few minutes and when she returned the suspects were gone, the captain said.
According to George and police reports, the incident took place sometime between 9:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m.
George said the victim noticed that her gun was missing within a couple hours after midnight and called the suspects to question them about it. When she asked the suspects if they took the gun they denied it, the captain said.
The victim filed a police report shortly after the phone call, according to George. George said Hernandez called the victim and told her that he and Jones would return the gun if she dropped the charges. They returned the gun, George said, but the victim decided to prosecute despite their offer.
Warrants were signed for Hernandez’s and Jones’ arrests on Nov. 22 and the two were arrested at a home on the 1500 block of Bacon Avenue on Tuesday morning, according to George and police reports.
Both suspects paid $2,500 bond and were released from the Anniston City Jail on Tuesday, according to George. They are to appear in court on Dec. 16.
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