LAKE PARK, GA (WALB) - Wednesday night about 8:30, a Lake Park resident came home to find a man rummaging through their vehicle. The man took off, but the resident called 911 as he followed him.
The man, identified as Andres Gonzales, 20, briefly stopped and returned the items to the victim, but then snatched the items from the victim's hand and took off again, after asking the victim not to call law enforcement.
Lowndes County deputies soon found Gonzales, and got the stolen property. Deputies also discovered that Gonzales had an active arrest warrant for violation of probation.
Andres Gonzales was arrested and taken to the Lowndes County Jail where he was booked for Theft by entering vehicle, Robbery by sudden snatching, and Violation of probation.
He will appear Thursday afternoon for an arraignment, where a bond will be considered.
Sheriff Chris Prine thanked the citizen for keeping Gonzales in sight until deputies arrived. "Thank you to this citizen; this is a great example of the cooperation between citizens and the Sheriff's Office that solves crime."
Anyone with information about Andres Gonzalez or this event is asked to contact the Sheriff's Office at 229 671-2950; or anonymous tips can be provided at 229 671-2985 or on line at www.lowndessheriff.com.