CORDELE, GA (WALB) - The Crisp County Sheriff's Office went to investigate multiple reports of criminals breaking into cars last Wednesday. What they found led them to arrest four men for the crimes.
Five vehicles were entered in the 1600 block of Highway 257 North, two vehicles in the 2000 block, and two vehicles on Mud Road were entered, for a total of nine vehicles entered.
Detectives found evidence pointing to Quintavious Battle, Quenton Clark, Marquez Dawson, and Cortez Hamilton entered 9 vehicles and stole multiple firearms. Information from the public was used to assist in the recovery of some of these firearms.
Quinton Durell Clark is till on the loose, but deputies plan to charge him as well for these crimes.
"We were stunned. I don't know what else to say," said Donna Ring. That's how this Crisp County resident feels tonight after deputies rounded up three men that broke into her cars. "We're just lucky that to have them that intense and that into just a little car break in," said Ring.
"It makes you mad because you work hard to get what you've got and someone thinks they can just go in your yard and take your things," said Ring.
"When you have one car break in, you normally have more to come and that was the fact," said Sgt. Ben Bray with the Crisp County Sheriff's Office. "They were leaving cameras, a laptop, all kinds of electronics, and just seeking out specifically firearms."
An anonymous tip and quick investigative work landed these three men in jail. Ring now has her two stolen pistols back.
"I really felt like they would catch the people that did it. But I thought the guns being the way they were that they would be on the street and gone," said Ring.
Getting those firearms off the streets and back to their owners is a big part of solving these crimes.
Ring learned a valuable lesson. "Lock my car doors no doubt. I guess I'll deal with a broken window if that happens," said Ring.
Advice the sheriff's office hopes others take as well.