Two men are facing multiple charges for their alleged roles in a rash of car break-ins and auto thefts in Douglas County.
Kenneth J. Long, 33, of Mableton and Christopher Scott Townsend, 23, of Douglasville appeared in magistrate court Thursday charged with several counts of criminal damage to property, 17 counts of entering auto, theft by receiving, four counts of theft by taking (motor vehicle) and second-degree arson. Magistrate Judge Barbara Caldwell denied bond for both defendants.
According to Douglasville police, the suspects stole two vehicles and a large amount of tools from Wren's Body Shop on Fairburn road in the early morning hours of Wednesday. In the process, they drove through a fence and damaged numerous vehicles at Enterprise Rent-A-Car, a neighboring business. One of the stolen vehicles was found burning a short time later near Huey Road. The crimes fit the pattern of at least four other incidents over the last few weeks in that general vicinity in which cars were stolen, filled with stolen property, driven through fences and later abandoned in various locations in Douglasville.
On Wednesday afternoon, officers conducting follow up investigations reportedly spotted the second stolen vehicle occupied by the suspects who fled. The car chase ended when the suspects left the roadway. After a foot chase, Townsend and Long were apprehended.
According to the warrant Caldwell read during Thursday's bond hearing, the pair also took a Honda motorcycle as well as several sets of rims and tires from E Super Pawn on Fairburn Road. Lt. Adam Cannon gave the judge more details about the case. Police were reportedly called to Wren's Body Shop after employees arrived Wednesday morning to find extensive damage to their lot behind the building were vehicles in need of repair are stored.
Cannon explained that there is a large chain-link fence that separates the body shop from the car rental business.
"It was obvious by the employees that a vehicle had been driven through the chain-link fence and in the process several vehicles in the Enterprise parking lot had been struck either by the vehicle or the chain-link fence," he said.
When officers arrived, they were able to obtain video that showed two men enter the lot at Wren's Body Shop two different times sometime between 11 p.m. Tuesday and 5:30 a.m. Wednesday.
"They were actually seen carrying duffel bags of property away from the property, loading the (bags) in the two vehicles they stole," Cannon said. "As the investigation continued, it was found that they also entered E Super Pawn the same night on two different locations, stealing the items listened in those warrants."
He requested no bond on behalf of the police department, citing the pairs extensive criminal history.
"It is an ongoing investigation," Cannon said. "These individuals got a lot more charges coming from our agency along with the Douglas County Sheriff's Department."