VESTAVIA HILLS — Two men from Pinson have been arrested by Vestavia Hills police and charged with breaking into a vehicle — and the pair may be suspects in several other similar incidents.
According to a statement by the department, officers responded to a report of a break-in in progress early Wednesday morning on Yorkmont Circle, not far from the Alford Ave. exit off of Interstate 65. They intercepted suspects fleeing the scene, and a chase followed which ended on Pinson Valley Parkway at Cedar Street in Tarrant, where the suspects' vehicle ran into the median.
Jacob Rentfrow, 18, and Jospeh Tinnin, 20, were both arrested after police found "a significant amount" of stolen items in the getaway vehicle.
"We are hoping these suspects might help us clear up several other 'UBEVs' in our area, as well as Pelham and some other areas," said Lt. Jason Hardin, commander of the VHPD criminal investigation division. Hardin also said he would be checking with Gardendale police to see of the suspects might be involved in a string of break-ins there.
Rentfrow and Tinnin were each charged with one count of receiving stolen property and three counts of unlawful breaking and entering of a vehicle, and were transferred to the Jefferson County Jail on $40,000 bond each. Hardin said the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office would also investigate whether the pair may have been involved in UBEVs in their jurisdiction.