MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - Two suspects have been arrested and charged with multiple counts of breaking and entering after more than a dozen cases of car break-ins and other crimes in the Taylor Road area of Montgomery.
Initially, Leon Pierce, 27, and D'Afernee Bennett, 19, were arrested by Montgomery police officers and charged with one count each of first-degree robbery for stealing a car from the 6700 block of Overview Drive.
Further investigation into that robbery linked the men to multiple car break-ins and stolen property that took place just northeast of the intersection of Taylor and Vaughn roads.
The initial car theft took happened on July 15, when authorities say the two were caught in the act of stealing a car by the vehicle's owner. The owner confronted the men, who police say then fired a gun at the owner before fleeing the scene. No one was injured during the shooting.
Later that day, police pulled over the suspected car, but both suspects fled on foot.
When investigators looked into the incident, they identified Pierce and Bennett as suspects in both the car theft and multiple car break-ins that took place that same day and into the following morning. In a number of those burglaries, police say the suspects stole property from unlocked cars.
MPD linked Pierce and Bennett to car burglaries that took place in the areas of Ridgeview Lane, Halcyon Downs Loop, Old Federal Road, and Brookstone Court. Items stolen included DVD players, five rings, a gun, a wallet, debt cards, an iPhone, and other items.
In addition to the first-degree robbery charges, police booked both suspects into the Montgomery County Jail on 15 counts of breaking and entering a motor vehicle, as well as four counts of theft of property in varying degrees.
The Montgomery County Sheriff's Office also charged the pair with first-degree theft of property for the stolen vehicle.