A suspect in the theft of two vehicles last week was driven directly to the parking lot of Bedford County Jail Tuesday night.
Officers attempting to serve a warrant on Billy Joe Pigg, 21, of Templeton Street at an East Lane Street apartment said they watched as a family member drove him away.
The relative, who has not been charged, drove to the nearby jail after officer Jody Shelton hit his blue lights. A felony traffic stop was conducted in the parking lot.
Shelton, detective Sam Jacobs and officer Todd Sanders were told that the relative had been helping Pigg hide. No one answered the door at the apartment, but investigators noted that the relative's car was parked outside.
The apartment was kept under surveillance, Shelton said, and Pigg was driven away 10 to 15 minutes later by the relative.
Shelton activated his patrol car's blue lights at the 82 Bypass-Lane Parkway and North Main Street intersection, and the car's driver turned onto North Spring Street and into the jail grounds.
The felony stop was conducted because Jacobs had been told Pigg was armed with a .25 caliber pistol. No weapon was found, officers said.
Pigg is accused of involvement in a burglary at Mid-State Auto Brokers, Madison Street, over the Thanksgiving holiday. Two vehicles were taken -- one containing a safe and gun -- and keys to 13 others stolen.
Two counts of theft of property over $10,000 and one count each of burglary and theft of property over $500 have been filed against Pigg, who was being held on $26,000 bond Tuesday.