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Felicia Gabriel thought nothing of it when she disciplined two teens last week Felicia Gabriel thought nothing of it when she disciplined two teens last week
THOMASVILLE, GA (WALB) -

A Cairo housing authority employee took time to stop two teenagers from littering, and ended up helping a Thomasville woman get her stolen car back. 

Felicia Gabriel thought nothing of it when she disciplined two teens last week for tossing trash from a car onto the ground at her office.   "Just kind of talked to them about the importance of not littering and not throwing their trash on the ground, I kind of just went in to mama mode and just fussed at them," said Gabriel.  

Gabriel says the boys, Rodney Giddens and Dedrick Parker, were well-mannered and cooperative. They told her that the 2013 Subaru was a rental and that they were throwing out trash that was left inside, but then Gabriel noticed some personal belongings.  

"I Thought I'd just call the individual and let her know that I had the items, and that's when I was informed that the vehicle had been stolen," said Gabriel.   Turns out the vehicle was stolen from a home on Gordon Ave in Thomasville the night before and ended up in Cairo at the Housing Authority office where Gabriel works.  

The two boys we're taken into custody in a park parking lot located directly behind the Housing Authority where they were caught throwing out litter and police say Gabriel's quick thinking helped them to crack the case.  

"We encourage citizens to pay attention, small information can help us to solve big crimes," said Lt. Eric Hampton of the Thomasville Police Department.   Gabriel says as a mother she hopes the two suspects will get on the right track, and she's happy that she was able to help the woman get her vehicle back.  

"She was ecstatic because I was just thinking it was a rental vehicle and she left the items in there," Gabriel said.   The two 17 year olds are facing felony theft charges.

 

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