A citizen’s tip helped the Walker County Sheriff’s Office break up a theft ring that spanned seven counties last weekend.
According to Sheriff Jim Underwood, the four individuals involved were living in a stolen camper and driving stolen vehicles.
Charles Ray Rickett, 40, of Hayden, Amanda Tucker, 35, of Birmingham, Joey Lindsey, 37, of Anniston and Tiffany Heath, 32, of Vernon, Fla., were charged with first-degree receiving stolen propety.
They are being held in the Walker County Jail in Jasper on a $30,000 property bond.
A fifth person, Stuart Allen Douglas III of Irondale, was also charged with first-degree receiving stolen property. He is currently in the Jefferson County Jail.
Underwood said his office received a report Saturday of suspicious activity on Rice Hill Road. The caller stated four people were living in camper. There were several vehicles on the property, and a male was often seen in the area driving a white wrecker.
Deputy Mark Bell investigated the report and received backup from deputies Slade Reeves and Braden Miles.
The deputies discovered three trucks, a fifth-wheel camper, a 14-foot enclosed utility trailer and three guns — all of which was stolen.
Douglas, the driver of the wrecker, left the area before deputies arrived and was arrested by Birmingham police for stealing gas. Officers from Birmingham police also recovered the wrecker, which had been stolen in Marion County.
The other stolen property had been taken from Madison County, Mountain Brook, Anniston, Gadsden, Autauga County and Mobile County.
Departments in each of those jurisdictions are expected to file charges against the suspects soon.
“We appreciate very much the citizen who was observant and took the time to call the sheriff’s office about the suspicious activity. This call allowed the sheriff’s office to dismantle a large theft ring operating all over the state and apprehend those responsible,” Underwood said.
He also thanked Bell, Reeves, Miles and investigator Chuck Tidwell for their work on the case.