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Probation revoked for youth evangelist Matt Pitt

Matt Pitt. Source: WBRC file video Matt Pitt. Source: WBRC file video

SHELBY COUNTY, AL (WBRC) - Shelby County authorities have issued an arrest warrant for "The Basement" founder Matt Pitt after after a motion was granted to revoke his probation on a conviction of attempting to impersonate a peace officer from last year.

The Shelby County District Attorney's Office filed the motion on Aug. 14, the same day Jefferson County deputies issued a felony warrant against Pitt.

In court documents obtained by Fox6 Monday, prosecutors note that Pitt pleaded guilty on Sept. 26, 2012 to attempting to impersonate a peace officer. He received a 12-month suspended sentence and was placed on unsupervised probation for two years.

As a condition of probation, Pitt had to obey all laws. Now he is facing charges in Jefferson County, a violation of his probation in Shelby County.

According to those court documents,  Shelby County District Judge Dan Reeves granted the motion to revoke Pitt's probation and ordered that he be held without bond once he is arrested.  

Pitt has yet to surrender to authorities in either county.

The Jefferson County Sheriff's Department alerted Fox6 to the felony charge against Pitt on Friday.

The warrant  pertains to an incident on June 15, 2013, according to a release from the Jefferson County Sherriff's Office.

The sheriff's office says their deputies got a call on Saturday, June 15 about a man who was impersonating a law enforcement officer. Deputies responded to the area where the incident occurred, the 5200 block of Falling Creek Lane in the Grayson Valley area.

Around 6 p.m. a resident reported seeing a suspicious vehicle in front of a home around 4 p.m., and "people going back and forth between the vehicle and a nearby wooded area," the sheriff's office said.

The release said the resident said he went to check it out and found a rifle hidden near the edge of the woods and no one else around. He then called the sheriff's office to tell them about finding the weapon.

The resident said while he was waiting, two men came up riding ATVs and one of them picked up the weapon.

The resident told them he had called the sheriff's office to report the weapon. When he asked the pair what they were doing, neither could give a "satisfactory answer," the sheriff's office said.

"According to the witness, at this point the suspect that had retrieved the rifle presented himself as a law enforcement officer," Jefferson County Chief Deputy Randy Christian said. "That suspect was later positively identified as Matthew Pitt."

The resident said he believed they were really law enforcement officers, so he didn't ask any more questions. Pitt and the other man then drove off on their ATVs.

The sheriff's office investigated the case and an arrest warrant was then issued for Pitt on the charge of impersonating a peace officer.

In his 2012 arrest, Pitt was charged with a felony after Calera police said he was flashing blue lights to pull over cars on Interstate 65. He pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor.

Pitt started The Basement in the basement of his home in 2004 and it grew into one of the largest youth ministries in the country.

Fox6 has made attempts to speak with Pitt.  So far, only volunteers from his ministry have reached out to us.

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