A reported burglary in progress at White Hall Motor Sports in the early morning hours of Aug. 17 resulted in the arrest of three men and the recovery of two vehicles that had been reported stolen.
Jaylon Jones, 24, Jesse Matthews, 37, and Shamon West, 21, were found at a house on Parker Street where officers also recovered the vehicles in the backyard, White Hall Police Sgt. Celina Harbison said in a probable cause affidavit.
White Hall police were sent to the business at 7003 Dollarway Road at 2:35 a.m., and when they arrived, found that a roll up door had been damaged; a witness reported seeing a black male on a side-by-side leaving the business. Damage to the door was estimated at $1,700.
Harbison reported that several law enforcement agencies were involved in looking for the vehicles, and an unknown subject flagged down a Jefferson County sheriff’s deputy who said officers needed to look behind a house on Parker Street. When officers went to 6109 Parker St., they could see two vehicles in the back of the house when they looked from an adjoining yard.
While officers were there, they were approached by Matthews, who said the residence was his. Jones and West were also located at the house. When they were interviewed, both allegedly admitted their involvement in the burglary and theft. They also said Matthews was there, and a witness said they had seen Matthews drive the second side by side into the back yard.
The two vehicles were valued at $25,200.
Over the weekend, a $50,000 bond was set for each of the three men on probable cause of commercial burglary and theft of property.
Records at the prosecutor’s office showed that Jones has pending charges of first-degree battery and theft by receiving stemming from a 2017 case. Matthews was previously convicted of robbery and theft of property in 2003 and was sentenced to prison boot camp. West had no prior convictions or pending charges.
The Public Defender’s Office was appointed to represent all three men.