HELENA, Ala. (WIAT) — Here are updates to this story:
UPDATE 9 a.m.
Helena PD release official press release on the arrest
The three young males involved in the stolen vehicle investigation have been identified to be two 18-year-olds of Tuscaloosa and a 17-year old juvenile. The three suspects are awaiting formal charges at the Helena City Jail.
The incident that leads to Tuesday morning’s suspect search occurred at 4 a.m. when Helena police officers attempted to initiate a traffic stop on the theft suspects from Alabaster on County Road 58. According to HPD, the vehicle attempted to turn on County Road 17 northbound when the driver was unable to maintain control and slid off into a ditch.
The three suspects, fled the vehicle on foot and into the area of Brandywine and Fieldstone Parc.
Helena, Pelham, Alabaster and Shelby County Sheriff’s Office officers formed a perimeter and attempted to locate the suspects.
Hoover police responded with a drone unit to assist in the search after two suspects were spotted briefly but were lost again inside Fieldstone Parc.
A suspect was spotted by a citizen in the back of Old Cahaba and was followed by the drone until they were apprehended.
The second suspect was located on Chateau Drive in Brandywine at 7 a.m.
The last suspect was captured on Benton Drive off of Coalmont Road.
Helena police state that Shelby County Deputies were deployed, along with Helena Police Department school resource officers, to Helena Middle, Intermediate and High schools out of caution. The suspects at no time stepped foot on a school campus.
Final suspect arrested
UPDATE: The last suspect has been apprehended off of Coalmont Road on Benton Street.
Helena Police Department releases information on arrests
The Helena Police Department has released more information regarding this morning’s suspect search:
Two out of three suspects have been apprehended.
The search started after the car theft suspects were spotted in Alabaster around 4 a.m. The suspects crashed the vehicle and took off into a wooded area after police created a search perimeter.
There were no sightings of the men until they were reported to Helena police.
According to Helena police, a person who was believed to be a suspect was spotted off of River Crest Lane in Old Cahaba and was later apprehended.
The second suspect was located off of Highway 17 in the Brandywine area, they were also apprehended.
One suspect remains to be captured.
This is a developing story. Check back for updates.
Initial coverage of the suspect search
Original story: Helena police have told CBS 42 that Helena police officers spotted a stolen vehicle out of Alabaster around 3:30 a.m. Tuesday.
Officers are currently searching for the suspects around the 4200 block of Old Cahaba Parkway. Several other police departments are assisting in the search including, Hoover, Pelham, Alabaster and the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office.
There is no official description for the suspects besides that they are three young males with one wearing light-colored pants and a dark jacket.
Helena police ask that if anyone sees a group of men fitting this description, they should call the police.
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