An eight-month, multi-jurisdiction investigation has resulted in warrants being issued for Eddy Terry, 33, of Winder, and Alfred Caldwell, Jr., 30, of Lawrenceville.
On Aug. 18 of last year, Woodstock police responded to a rash of reported entering autos that occurred at several businesses on Highway 92. Items taken included GPS devices, car stereo systems, cell phones and credit cards. A short time later, the stolen credit cards were used at local gas stations.
Authorities were able to develop some leads from video footage and witness statements. A black Escalade and a red Tahoe were suspect vehicles. After the airing of a media release, tips were generated that helped authorities identify the owners of both vehicles.
Both men have been under investigation by other law enforcement agencies for eight months.
Terry is charged with six counts of criminal damage in the second degree, six counts of entering auto and one count of criminal attempt financial transaction card fraud. Caldwell is charged with nine counts criminal damage in the second degree, nine counts of entering auto, one count of financial transaction card fraud and six counts of conspiracy to commit financial transaction card fraud.
Caldwell is in Gwinnett County jail and Terry is expected to be picked up on these charges. Some of the stolen property has been returned to its owners.
"A collaborative effort by both the media and multiple law enforcement agencies helped to solve crimes in several jurisdictions," Lt. Kevin Culpepper, criminal investigations commander for the Woodstock Police Department, said.