Hoover pizza deliveryman stole manager's key, hundreds in cash, police say

Hoover police announced felony charges against 22-year-old Jeremy Wayne Puckett. He lives in Helena.

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A 22-year-old pizza delivery driver is behind bars in Hoover, accused in two burglaries at the restaurant where he worked.

Hoover police announced felony charges against Jeremy Wayne Puckett. He lives in Helena.

The first break-in happened Sunday, Oct. 8, at the Pizza Hut on Lorna Road. Hoover police Lt. Keith Czeskleba said $335 in cash was stolen during that crime.

There were no signs of forced entry at the business, he said, but detectives learned that one of the store managers was missing a key that unlocked the restaurant. A second break-in was reported Tuesday, when about $448 in cash was found missing.

Czeskleba said investigators believed the burglaries were happening in the early-morning areas, and where nearby Wednesday morning when alarm call sounded at the business about 6:39 a.m. A vehicle was seen leaving the area at the same time the alarm was activated.

A Hoover patrol officer stopped the vehicle and identified the driver as Puckett, who told him he was a Pizza Hut employee and had gone to the store to check his schedule and accidentally set off the alarm.

Police called the store's manager who confirmed Puckett was a delivery driver, but said he had no reason to be there while the business was closed. Puckett was taken to police headquarters for questioning, and confessed to committing the burglaries.

Puckett is charged with two counts of third-degree burglary. His bond is set at $5,000. He is in the Hoover City Jail awaiting transfer to the Jefferson County Jail.

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