To protect your car from being burglarized, don’t make it an easy target
- Lock doors
- Don’t leave valuables in the car
- If you must leave valuables in your car, lock them in the truck or somewhere secure and out of sight
- When at work or out shopping, park in areas that are well-lit and provide good visibility
- Consider items that, if found, a thief could take advantage of — a piece of mail with financial information, a garage door opener paired with an address from an insurance card, etc.
Source: Hall County Sheriff’s Office
Four men accused in a string of car break-ins that netted more than $20,000, authorities said, will make their next appearance in Hall County Magistrate Court on July 22.
Blake Ray Forrester, 20, Connor William Wales, 19, and Dillon Ross Stowers, 19, are each charged with 12 counts of entering auto.
Dylan Allen Martinez, 17, is charged with 14 counts of entering auto and two counts of criminal trespassing.
Each of the men also face three counts of burglary in the first degree and have holds for charges in Forsyth County
None of the men are eligible for bond until the case goes before a Superior Court Judge and are being held in Hall County Jail.
The investigation began last Wednesday when a resident in the Graham Circle neighborhood in northwest Hall County called to report a man breaking into a car at her home, authorities said.
Responding deputies tracked the fleeing suspect with a police dog unit to a nearby house on Price Road, where he was arrested without incident, reported Sgt. Stephen Wilbanks, spokesman for the sheriff’s office.
During the course of the investigation, three more people were interviewed and ultimately linked to a number of recent entering auto cases in Hall, Forsyth and Dawson counties.
Investigators said recovered items included power and hand tools, GPS devices, electronics and personal items.
Investigators believe more charges are possible as the investigation continues and more victims come forward.
“The lead investigator is on vacation, so if there will be any additional charges it will be next week before he can get the warrants,” Wilbanks said, adding that no further items have been recovered.
Initially $5,500 in stolen goods was returned to owners, while another $4,000 to $5,000 was recouped but not linked to specific victims.
“We’ve had a few people come in to reclaim their items, but we still have some on hand,” Wilbanks said.
Potential victims can set up an appointment to identify their belongings by contacting the Criminal Investigations Division at 770-531-6879.
The sheriff’s office is also asking that anyone who may have been a recent victim of entering auto or theft but did not report it to contact Hall County Dispatch at 770-536-8812.