COLQUITT CO., GA (WALB) - Four teenagers face several charges after deputies said they stole thousands of dollars worth of items from multiple homes.
Officials are now working to return the stolen items.
Investigators with the Colquitt County Sheriff's office said they're thanking an alert Moultrie officer with finding the four teenagers before they targeted even more homes.
Inside the Colquitt County Justice Center there was a table full of recovered items, all believed to have been stolen in one day by teenagers.
"It's concerning, but we treat it just like everything else. Prosecute the crime. That's all we do," said Investigator Michael Cox with the Colquitt County Sheriff's Office.
Cox said that three 16-year-olds and one 15-year-old broke into at least five homes in Colquitt County.
But after they hit one home on Lanier Road, their burglary streak came to a halt. As the suspects were driving away, an alert neighbor decided to chase after the burglars.
"They were driving away as he drove up. He was scared," explained Cox. "He quit following them after the shots were fired."
Cox said they fired the shots from a stolen gun. The Sheriff's Office issued a lookout for the gray Mercury Mountaineer that the suspects were driving.
"They pulled up to one of the juvenile's homes. An officer just happened to be working another detail right across the street," said Cox. "And she was very attentive, was listening to the radio traffic, heard the BOLO, saw the vehicle pull up into the yard."
Inside the car, and the juvenile's home, investigators found several items like, guns, jewelry, an entire dresser drawer, electronics and cash.
"On Lanier Road, while I was processing the crime scene out there, burglary calls were coming in," explained Cox.
And with each call, Investigator Cox could link most of the recovered items to the reports of burglaries.
"We were looking for the vehicle and we had no idea that we were about to get slammed with several burglary reports from that day," said Cox.
Cox said that he's working to return the items to their rightful owners and the suspects are being detained at the Regional Youth Detention Center.