Florida and Georgia residents suspected of a series of vehicle break-ins eluded Douglasville and state police before they were caught after crashing while trying to flee from south Georgia deputies.
Villa Rica Police Department was working with Douglasville Police and Lowndes County Sheriff’s Office in the investigation into the break-ins which led to the arrests of four people on multiple charges of Entering Auto Nov. 8, the department stated on its Facebook page.
The incident began Nov. 8 between 7 and 8 p.m. after Villa Rica Police responded to reports of vehicles being broken into at Industrial Boulevard and Hwy. 61 Connector. A total of seven vehicles reportedly were entered with items taken ranging from firearms to electronics.
Officers were able to determine that the suspects involved were traveling in a white Dodge Charger, the department reported.
Douglasville Police Department then received reports about 9 p.m. the same night that the same suspects were involved in breaking into vehicles in the city. Douglasville Police and Georgia State Patrol were able to pursue the suspects but the chase ended on I-20 near Camp Creek Parkway due to safety concerns about high speeds and bad weather, the department stated.
Villa Rica and Douglasville police had developed information on a suspect from Florida after investigating break-ins in October. They then broadcast a lookout request to all agencies along the I-75 corridor to Florida.
Later in the night Lowndes County Sheriff’s Office became involved in a pursuit with the suspects' Dodge Charger on I-75 after receiving the lookout notice. During the pursuit the vehicle crashed and four suspects were taken into custody, Villa Rica police reported.
Tavaris Smith, 30, of Augusta, and Florida residents Harmon Brown, 26, of Lauderdale Lakes, Phoebe Hernandez, 21, of West Palm Beach, and Victor Boyd, 25, of Lauderhill were charged with the crime of Entering Auto in relation to incidents in Villa Rica on the night of Nov. 8, the city department reported.
Brown also was charged with Entering Auto in relation to an October incident in Villa Rica.
Additional charges were expected because of the suspects' alleged use of stolen credit cards, the department said.