The Valdosta Police Department has stepped up patrols in response to a rash of car break-ins, and late Tuesday night and early Wednesday morning, they arrested two teens.
VPD got a call that two people, who were not recognized as living in the area, were walking down the streets and were pulling on door handles of parked cars. They were seen entering several vehicles.
Officers called in a Police dog, and soon found them hiding behind a car on private property. Robert Burr and Kenyon Stancil, both 17, were wearing all black clothing, and gloves.
The dog also found a bag containing stolen property in a back yard close to where both teens were hiding. The bag also had a loaded handgun, and drug paraphernalia.
The investigation revealed that Burr and Stancil had not only broken into several vehicles, but had trespassed onto private property to hide stolen goods and to avoid police detection.
Both were transported to the Lowndes County Jail and will now face multiple charges:
Robert Burr is charged with Theft by Entering Auto, and Possession of Tools for the Commission of Crime, both felonies, and three misdemeanors: A Minor in Possession of a Firearm, Criminal Trespassing, and Prowling
Kenyon Stancil is charged with Theft by Entering Auto, and Possession of Tools for the Commission of Crime, both felonies, and three misdemeanors: A Minor in Possession of a Firearm, Criminal Trespassing, and Prowling
"Law enforcement cannot be everywhere so we need citizens like in this case to help us. When you do, together we can stop these senseless crimes. I am also very disappointed in the parents of many of these young adults who we are arresting for failing to supervise their children. These crimes can be prevented when we are parents to our children and ensure they are not out late at night," said VPD Chief Brian Childress.
The investigation is still active as multiple vehicles in the northern part of the city have been broken into.
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