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Teens charged with vehicle break-ins

By Jason A. Smith

jsmith@henryherald.com

An investigation of numerous automobile break-ins in Henry County, has led to the arrests of three teenagers.

The case began to unfold Sept. 13, at the Preston Creek Apartments complex in McDonough, according to Henry County Police Capt. Jason Bolton.

"Seven entering-autos were reported in the Preston Creek Apartment area," Bolton said. "Henry County Police detectives conducted an initial investigation, to include processing the scene and conducting a neighborhood canvas."

A Henry Police officer, the captain added, made the first arrest in the case on Sept. 15, by apprehending a 16-year-old juvenile male who was reportedly attempting to damage cars.

"[The officer] observed him placing large rocks on the roadway, on Willow Lane," Bolton said. "Officers happened to discover his involvement with entering autos during an investigation, after he was arrested for placing rocks in the roadway."

The captain added that the juvenile was taken to Henry County Police headquarters, where he was interviewed by Henry County Police and McDonough Police detectives.

Police also identified two additional juvenile males, ages 15 and 16, as suspects in the case, later on Sept. 15, according to Bolton.

"The two were ... picked up at their residences and brought back to headquarters where they were interviewed," he continued.

The three teens allegedly entered four vehicles between Sept. 7, and Sept. 10, in McDonough, and nine other vehicles in the county's jurisdiction Sept. 13-15, according to Bolton.

"The investigation revealed that the juveniles' crime spree started on Sept. 7, ... in the City of McDonough," Bolton said. "Several pieces of electronic equipment and other items were recovered from the suspects' homes and placed into evidence."

The three juveniles were each charged with 13 counts of entering an automobile, which is a felony. They were taken to the Regional Youth Detention Center in Griffin, Bolton said.