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Teen faces 20 charges in S. Hall crime spree
Burglary, entering auto, trespassing and arson incidents involved 13 total victims
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A South Hall teenager is facing additional charges after authorities say he committed a string of crimes, including burglary and arson.

The 16-year-old was arrested Tuesday after reports of burglaries, trespassings and entering autos in the Tanners Mill and Weaver roads area near Chestnut Mountain “flooded” the Hall County Sheriff’s Office, according to a news release.

Two reports of arson were also filed, including one structure near a residence, which caused an estimated $20,000 in damage to a home and vehicle.

In another incident, the teen reportedly broke into an automobile and stole more than $4,000 worth of valuables, including a $2,500 Ralph Lauren purse and multiple gift cards ranging in value from $25 to $200.

The suspect now faces nine charges of entering autos, four criminal trespass charges, four burglary charges and one count each of arson in the first degree, arson in the second degree and one theft by taking.

After appearing before a judge Thursday, the teenager remains in the Gainesville Regional Youth Detention Center, according to sheriff’s office spokeswoman Nicole Bailes.

The teen is not identified because he is a minor.

Bailes reported there are 13 victims total.

“Investigators are still in the process of attempting to locate and return property to the affected victims,” Bailes wrote via email.

Anyone in the affected area who has information can contact the Sheriff’s Office at 770-531-6879 or fire department at 770-531-6838.

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