Cherokee investigators took out arrest warrants this week for Oscar Moses Badger, 37, of Dania, Fla., and Bobby Hanna, 24, of Plantation, Fla., who are believed to be responsible for at least six November car break-ins in the county, said Lt. Jay Baker, spokesman for the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office.
Baker said the suspects were arrested Nov. 14 after police in Pelham received a call about a car break-in at a day care center. The chase ended when the suspects’ car crashed, Baker said, adding that another suspect fled the scene and hasn’t been found.
The Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office was contacted Tuesday by the Pelham Police Department after detectives there found evidence linking Badger and Hanna to the car break-ins in Cherokee County, Baker said. Baker added that investigators also believe the men are responsible for similar thefts in Gwinnett County and Peachtree City.
Like in Alabama, Baker said the crimes in Cherokee County happened at day care centers, along with two parks.
Specifically in Cherokee, investigators believe Badger and Hanna are behind break-ins at the Goddard School, Hobgood Park, Biello Park and a Montessori school on Bells Ferry Road, Baker said.
Baker said suspects in such cases appear to target locations like day cares and parks, because “it is highly likely a purse will be in the car.”
Once the suspects have taken the purses, Baker said they will often go immediately to a store and use the victims’ credit cards to buy gift cards, knowing that soon the credit cards will be canceled, but the gift cards won’t.
Although Cherokee investigators took out warrants for Badger and Hanna this week, Baker said it could be sometime before they are arrested by the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office, because of their charges elsewhere.
“They are facing serious charges in three (other) states. Every court system is different,” Baker said. “(But) I would estimate numerous months and potentially over a year before they would be brought to Cherokee to answer to the charges here.”
According to Baker, it was also the many charges in multiple jurisdictions against Badger and Hanna that led a judge to set their surprising bond amounts.
“Because they were already out on bond for similar crimes in Philadelphia, Penn. and Houston, Texas,” Baker said, “their bond was set at $2 million dollars.”