Arrest made in car thefts

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, July 30, 2002

An Opp man is in the Covington County following the recovery of two stolen automobiles, according to River Falls Police Chief Jeff Holland.

Holland said his department had received a call Monday that a Jeep had been taken

and that it had been paid for with a stolen check. The check had allegedly been forged to pay for the Jeep as well.

He said it was determined that the check was stolen and a lookout order was placed on the Jeep.

Holland said at approximately 1:30 Tuesday morning the Jeep was located at a Tom Thumb convenience store in Florala by officer Perry Williams.

Arrested was Ricky J. Richburg, 37, of Opp, and other items connected with the crime were also located.

Richburg was charged with theft by deception in the first degree and for forgery. He was placed in the Covington County Jail and charges are still pending according to Holland.

Holland said it was later discovered that a truck had also been purchased from Florala with the same check and discovered that Richburg had allegedly resold the truck already.

Also a radio which Richburg had allegedly removed from the Jeep has been recovered said Holland.