Police arrest man in alleged attempted theft

Police responding to a reported theft in progress Friday afternoon arrested a man they found siting in a parked vehicle that had a tow chain attached to it.

Daniel Boga, 24, had the title to the car in his pocket but did not own the vehicle, Deputy Prosecutor Maxie Kizer said during a court hearing Monday for Boga.

Detective Steven Rucker reported that police were sent to 1414 S. Alabama St., where they found Boga sitting in a 1998 Pontiac that was in the yard.

Two other individuals were also there and Kizer said one of them had cut the chains on two riding lawn mowers, then fled when police arrived.

The second person who was with Boga was questioned and released, Rucker said in a probable cause statement presented in court.

Boga reportedly told police the men were going to sell the car and other items for scrap.

Kizer said Boga is currently on probation and has pending charges of residential burglary and theft of property in Jefferson County Circuit Court.

At Kizer’s request, Jefferson County District Judge Kim Bridgforth set a $25,000 bond for Boga after ruling prosecutors had probable cause to charge him with breaking or entering.

Bridgforth appointed the Public Defender’s Office to represent Boga, and told him to come back to court May 7 at 9 a.m.