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Teen accused in thefts from cars
More than a dozen victims named in indictment
Alfonso Hidalgo

A Buford teen was indicted this week in connection with an entering auto spree at a Flowery Branch subdivision.

A Hall County grand jury returned a 23-count indictment against Alfonso Hidalgo, 19, on charges of burglary, entering auto, theft by taking and theft by taking motor vehicle.

Hidalgo is accused of entering cars belonging to more than a dozen people in the Portsmouth subdivision on Valley Forge Drive late on the night of Oct. 13, 2009.

Flowery Branch Police Lt. David Spillers said a patrol officer responding to a 911 call of a suspicious vehicle late that night found a suspect in a car that contained stolen credit cards, navigation systems, change and jewelry.

Two other teens, one a juvenile, fled the area. Spillers said Hidalgo stole a Toyota while fleeing from police after finding the car’s keys under the floor mat. The car was later found abandoned near Hidalgo’s Buford home, Spillers said.

All the cars that were entered were unlocked, police said.

Spillers said he believed the teens targeted the subdivision because they had friends who lived in the area.

“Frequently there’s some connection to the area,” he said. “They were focusing on an area where there’s a concentration of homes, which is pretty characteristic of entering auto cases.”

Spillers said Hidalgo has “a rather extensive criminal history, considering his age.”

Hidalgo has been charged with similar crimes in Forsyth and Gwinnett counties, Spillers said.

Hidalgo was arrested Oct. 14, 2009, and spent three months in the Hall County jail before his family posted a $50,000 property bond in January.

No future court dates have been set in the case.