Man allegedly steals from tow shop; is towed by owner

Published 9:20 pm Monday, May 22, 2017

It was a Crossville, Ala., man’s misfortune that the wrecker driver who showed up to tow his vehicle recognized items in the vehicle that had been stolen from his shop earlier in the day.

Christopher Kyle Richards

Andalusia Police Investigator Chris Byrd said officers responded to the burglary of a local body shop Friday afternoon. During their investigation, they discovered that several vehicles had been broken into and numerous tools were missing.

As officers were investigating the burglaries in town, a Covington County Deputy responded to a call at the Dollar General in Red Level about a male subject who was passed out in his vehicle. The man was arrested for carrying a concealed weapon without a permit.

But when the wrecker service arrived to pick up the vehicle, the driver of the wrecker recognized the vehicle and the items in the vehicle as having been stolen from his shop.

The man, who was identified as 34-year-old Christopher Kyle Richards of Crossville, was charged with burglary 3rd degree, theft of property 1st degree, two counts of breaking and entering a motor vehicle and two counts of theft of property 4th degree.

Richards is currently being held in the Covington County Jail on a $53,000 bond.