A New Hampshire man is accused of crashing the car he was driving into a Gainesville jewelry store early Monday morning to gain entry and take items from the store.
Jack Tyler Hogan, 28, is charged with first-degree burglary by the Gainesville Police.
Officers responded to Dimo Fine Jewelry on Browns Bridge Road around 1 a.m. Monday. A witness told police a silver car did “deliberately ram the business to gain entry,” according to the police department’s news release.
“The single suspect made entry into the business and then left shortly after with numerous items,” Sgt. Kevin Holbrook said in a news release.
Owner Robert Dimo said a taxicab driver spotted the suspect and called 911. Dimo came to the business within minutes and saw both doors and the roll-up metal security door smashed in.
“He backed up to the curb and just kind of slammed right through the front door,” he said.
Dimo said roughly 50 pairs of earrings were taken from the store.
The car was later spotted by officers at Browns Bridge and Skelton roads.
“Upon officers attempting to conduct a traffic stop, the vehicle crashed along Browns Bridge Road at Greencrest (Road),” Holbrook said.
Hogan was booked in to the Hall County Jail, where he remains. He was also charged with driving under the influence and failure to maintain lane.
“As far as damages go, they’re looking at tens of thousands of dollars of damage to the business,” Holbrook said.
Dimo said the business would give a reward to the driver that reported it to police.