On Monday July 22, 2019 at 6:26 pm a victim called the Sheriff’s office to report that his vehicle had been stolen from a convenience store in the 2500 block of 15th Street Bessemer. The victim reported that he left his car running and when he went inside, someone drove off in his car. Store video showed two men get into the car and drive off. Deputies located the car in the 1000 block of 25th street Hueytown. The car was undamaged and all items were recovered. Deputies located the offenders. Deputies took a 17 year old into custody and a 18 year old fled on foot. Deputies were able to identify but not locate the 18 year old. The victim and his family have chosen to forgive the offenders and declined prosecution due to the age of the offenders. The victim’s may work with the offenders parents to address the offenders conduct.
The missing child, 4-year-old Jarren Austin, Jr., who was reported earlier as missing has been located and is safe.