Police in North Georgia say they have solved a string of car break ins and thefts and blame six teenagers.
The Whitfield County Sheriff's Office arrested the teens, ending a two-month-long crime spree.
The Whitfield County Sheriff's Office says the theft reports started pouring in in July. They say first it was small items from unlocked cars, then escalated to entire cars missing. They say six teenagers, ranging from 14 to 17 are responsible, and once they were arrested, admitted to more crimes than detectives even knew about.
"All together probably cost me over $7,000," theft victim Masood Hussan said.
Masood Hussan owns MD Auto Sales on Cleveland Highway. He's one on a long list of theft victims around the county that investigators say were hit by the same group of teenagers.
17-year-old John Parrish, Jr. is the only one charged as an adult. The others are 14,15 and 16 years old.
"They got a key from that one, a key from that one," Hussan said.
His office window was busted out; keys, cash and two cars were stolen.
"They stole all the chip keys that look expensive. If they hadn't been captured they were probably going to steal more cars. We got a lot of cars here," Hussan said.
Deputies captured the teens when they wrecked a Mustang stolen from Hussan's lot and took off on foot, but were quickly spotted by a patrol unit.
"They may be showing a little solemness but again, it's very serious. It's something that affected the community and a lot of people have been victimized," Whitfield County Sheriff Scott Chitwood said.
Sheriff Chitwood says the teens are tied to seven cars thefts, including a taxi, mostly from residential areas. He says the teens have owned up stealing items out of more than 100 unlocked cars at Walnut Square Mall, and breaking into the charity "Compassion House," on Hill Street before an alarm scared them away.
"There was a number of incidents that they have acknowledged, they've admitted to, that they've told us about that we didn't even have knowledge of," Sheriff Chitwood said.
Hussan plans to install a fence to help in the future, and despite being a victim, he says he actually feels bad for them. He thinks there needs to be more options for kids to better entertain themselves in the area.
"They're really just kids and I think the parent or the government people need to come up with some solution for the kids, because really I don't want them seeing a jail forever," Hussan said.
The sheriff's office says the district attorney is still determining the number of charges each teen faces and that Dalton Police are also investigating cases linked to the group.
The teens live in different areas of the county, and told investigators they'd meet up at a skating rink during the day, then do their thefts at night.
Friday, August 22 2014 2:35 PM EDT2014-08-22 18:35:35 GMT
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