Car thefts, break-ins rise in southwest Cherokee
by Joshua Sharpe
June 07, 2014 12:00 AM | 2322 views | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Cherokee Sheriff’s Office is warning residents to lock their cars after a rise in auto thefts and break-ins in the southwestern corner of the county.

In the past three weeks, four cars have been stolen and 12 have had items taken from inside, said Lt. Jay Baker, spokesman for the Sheriff’s Office.

Baker said it appears the crimes are being committed by a group of teenagers, two of whom were arrested, with more arrests expected. Because of fear of comprising the investigation, Baker said, as of Thursday, the names of the suspects who have been arrested haven’t yet been released.

All four of the stolen cars had the keys left inside and were taken from homes late in the night. They have since been found, with the help of Cobb and Marietta police, Baker said.

“One car ran out of gas and was abandoned in Cherokee,” the Cherokee spokesman explained Thursday. “One was recovered by Marietta PD at a hotel, after they responded to a 911 call. One was found abandoned in Cobb.”

Baker said he’d rather not say how the fourth car was recovered, so as not to tip off suspects. None of the cars were stripped of their parts, he said.

Most of the items taken from the other cars have been recovered as well.

Baker stressed the importance of locking cars.

“The Cherokee Sheriff’s Office would like to take this opportunity to urge citizens to always lock their doors and never leave your keys in the vehicle,” he said. “Except on very rare occasions in which suspects force their way into vehicles, locking your car door will greatly reduce your chance of becoming a victim of this type of crime.”

Anyone with information on the thefts is asked to contact Sheriff’s Office investigator Hollis Kuykendall at (770) 928-0239.

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