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Birmingham woman arrested for robbery in Huntsville in connection with multi-agency robbery investigation

By on March 24, 2022 0

MADISON COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – A Birmingham woman is now in custody following a months-long investigation, thanks to multi-agency collaboration between Madison County and Jefferson County.

Owens Cross Roads Police Department said on December 4, 2021, a local resident had his car broken into, parked at a business in the area. The window was smashed and the purse inside the vehicle was stolen.

Lt. Worsham with OCRPD took the call and made a report, took photos and checked other evidence. He then checked the nearby area, where two more purses were found. They had been thrown out of sight at another company.

At the same time Worsham found these purses, another similar call was radioed to Huntsville.

Worsham called Detective Jason White and Chief Dobbins in Huntsville to relay what he had. He picked up the items for evidence and custody.

The matter was now in the hands of Dobbins and White for investigation.

Authorities say information critical to the investigation was found on the first day, leading White and Dobbins to a suspect in the Birmingham area. They exchanged information with law enforcement there, and soon the two traveled to the metropolitan city.

White and Dobbins spoke with “associates” of the suspect, who confirmed his identity. The Chief and detective attempted to find her but eventually returned to Huntsville without being arrested in the case.

Meanwhile, both purses have been returned to their rightful owners.

Dobbins and White remained in contact with agencies in the Greater Birmingham area throughout the investigation as it continued.

On Wednesday, the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office contacted Sherry Renay Rhodes, 49, for whom Dobbins had previously obtained arrest warrants. Jefferson County immediately called Dobbins.

As he grabbed his keys to drive to Birmingham, Officer Jones called as he was returning from out-of-state training and was already in the area. Jones was able to turn around and backtrack a few miles and get Rhodes back.

After being transported to Huntsville by Officer Jones, Rhodes was taken to the Madison County Jail and charged with Third Degree Theft of Property, Third Degree Forgery and Unlawful Breaking and Entering a Motor Vehicle .

His bail was set at $25,000. Rhodes has a long rap sheet according to online court records for theft, fraud and other charges dating back to the 90s.

Sherry Renay Rhodes (Madison Co. Sheriff’s Office)

OCRPD says it is grateful that all of the agencies were able to work together on the investigation that ultimately led to Rhodes’ arrest.

The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office, Pelham Police, City of Lincoln Police, City of Calera Police and Alabaster Police were all involved in the investigation.