Officials: Suspects started vehicle fire to distract police as they broke into Alabama pharacy

Published 6:25 am Wednesday, June 16, 2021

Investigators believe two men deliberately started a vehicle fire to distract police as they broke into a nearby Alabama pharmacy.

Autery said the suspects called 911 and then waited until police responded to the fire to break into the pharmacy.

The vehicle fire occurred at Maplesville Service Center on June 1. According to a press release, Maplesville Police received a call about the fire at around 8:40 p.m.

“Soon after the officer’s arrival at the service center, we received another call of an alarm at the Maplesville Pharmacy,” Autery said. “Upon arriving at the pharmacy, it was discovered that a front window had been busted out. It was quickly determined that the two incidents were related. We know that the vehicle was set on fire to distract our police officer from the break-in at the pharmacy.”

Video surveillance showed two suspects in action and a third waiting in a vehicle.

“The investigation is ongoing to identify the other two males that were involved,” Autery said.

Maplesville Police say one suspect has been identified as Gabriel Lapatrick Nunn from Ensley.

“As of June 11, 2021, felony warrants have been issued for a Gabriel Lapatrick Nunn,” Chief Robbie Autery said. “Mr. Nunn is charged with arson, burglary third (degree), theft of property second (degree) and criminal mischief.”

Autery said Nunn is also a suspect in a pharmacy burglary in Centreville and has several warrants in Jefferson County.