Birmingham, AL - Burglary In Progress Call - Suspect In Handcuffs Steals Police Car - Suspect Escaped And Later Captured

April 18, 2015

Birmingham Police have apprehended a suspect who took a police vehicle while handcuffed Sunday morning.

West Precinct officers were notified of a burglary in progress on the 300 block of Memphis Street around 8:45 a.m. and did encounter a male suspect who was arrested, put in handcuffs with his hands behind his back and placed in the back of the police vehicle.

According to Lt. Scott Thurmond, the suspect somehow managed to get his handcuffs in front of him and drove away in the police vehicle.

He then drove to the 4600 block of 9th Avenue Wylam where the car was abandoned. He taken back into police custody just a block away in the 4600 block of 8th Avenue Wylam around 9:45 a.m. Thurmond says the suspect was still in police handcuffs.

Investigators are still trying to determine how the suspect was able to drive away in the police vehicle. The suspect’s name has yet to be released.