Man accused of stealing Prichard fire engine has already been convicted of auto theft, records show | Mobile County Alabama News
MOBILE, Ala, (WALA) – A man attracted attention with a sarcastic performance on television cameras after police accused him of stealing a vehicle from the Prichard Fire Department on Wednesday has a criminal record .
Surveillance video released Thursday shows a man identified by police as Jeffery McCants Jr. walking inside Central Station on Turner Road, sliding into the 2009 Crown Victoria, then slowly backing out of the station.
McCants is being held in Mobile County Jail for first degree theft and first degree burglary. It is not the first time that he has been accused of stealing a vehicle. a judge from Bay County, Florida, in 2014 sentenced him to three years and four months in prison for auto theft. In this case, authorities claim that McCants stole a silver 2005 Toyota Tacoma in 2009.
This theft took place in Panama City, where McCants was born. He took the van from a marine repair company. Court records indicate that McCants repeatedly used the victim’s cell phone, which was inside the vehicle. Inside the van were also new tools valued at nearly $ 1,600.
Mobile police arrested McCants the next day when they saw him driving around town.
McCants has had further trouble with the law. Authorities charged him with first degree arson in 2006. The charge was dropped; it is not known why, and the Mobile County District Attorney’s office had no immediate explanation.
The prison diary also shows a number of misdemeanor arrests over the years, ranging from criminal mischief to harassing communications to arson.
McCants confessed to the theft of the Prichard fire engine on Wednesday as police took him to jail. As officers arrested a man named Henry Dixon in the same police vehicle. Authorities say Dixon, who faces drug and theft charges related to a car theft in Mobile, was with McCants when police arrested them.
“I did it all; excuse my language. I did it all,” he said. “Hey listen, when I get out I’m going to steal a police car.”
McCants said he stole the car because God told him to.
“Hello, my name is Jeffery McCants,” he said. “I’m running for mayor of Mobile, Alabama, baby.”
McCants is due in court on Friday for a bail hearing.
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