Auto theft: Suspects part of multi-jurisdictional investigation

UPDATE on this morning's auto theft:

Stephens County Sheriff Randy Shirley, at approximately 7:05 p.m., advised ConnectLocal.News that the suspects who were apprehended in connection with this morning's vehicle thefts are currently undergoing questioning.

"This is a multi-sheriff’s office investigation involving Stephens, Banks, and Jackson Counties," he said.

Further information, including the identity of the suspects and the specific charges that will be filed against them, will be available when the current phase of the questioning and investigation is complete, Shirley said, indicating that those details would be available some time in the morning.

The incident began at approximately 3:30 a.m. this morning, Jan. 19, when a group of individuals entered unlocked vehicles at a residence on Rock Creek Road.

"At 3:30 this morning, three suspects wearing hoodies, mask, and gloves entered four vehicles," one resident at the address of the theft told ConnectLocal.News. "They stopped at the end of my driveway and left the car sitting in the middle of Rock Creek Road."

The resident said the suspects entered all four vehicles on the property and took a number of items, including cash, tools, sunglasses, makeup bags and a number of pieces of jewelry, including a wedding band of sentimental value to the victim.

"We saw them on camera and came out on them," she added. "They ran... turned around at Williams Circle and my husband tried catching them but they were going over 110 mph. They hit Red Rock and he lost sight of them."

Comments from Shirley via social media during the search for the suspects advised that "(Suspects) stole a vehicle, black 4 door Mazda. They entered an unlocked vehicle on Rock Creek Road and took items from the vehicle. The homeowner had a security system that included an outside video surveillance system as well. We have the footage....The homeowner pursued the trio but lost site. The suspects crashed the Mazda on South Red Rock, and fled on foot.

"Later this morning the suspects took a white 2008 Ford Super Duty pickup with mild tinted windows. A private citizen saw the truck and attempted to stay with it while notifying 911. The citizen ultimately lost the truck."

The Sheriff's Office along with the Lee Arrendale K9 Team searched the Rock Creek Road area, and it was announced just before 1 p.m. that three suspects had been arrested.

ConnectLocal.News will provide updates as they become available.


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