Two men facing multiple charges for their alleged roles in a rash of car break-ins and auto thefts in Douglas County were back in court Monday to face additional charges.
Kenneth J. Long, 33, of Mableton was charged with obstruction, fleeing and attempting to elude, two counts of theft by taking, two counts of entering auto, criminal trespass, second-degree criminal damage to property and second-degree burglary. Co-defendant Christopher Scott Townsend, 23, of Douglasville was charged with second-degree burglary, second-degree criminal damage, criminal trespass, two counts of entering auto, two counts of theft by taking and obstruction. Bond was denied for both.
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 July 31. 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.
That afternoon, officers conducting follow up investigations reportedly spotted the second stolen vehicle occupied by the suspects who fled. The car chase, which reach speeds in access of 20 miles per hour over the speed limit, ended when the suspects left the roadway. Long was identified as the driver.
After a foot chase, Long and Townsend were apprehended.
According to the warrants read during Monday's bond hearing, the pair are also accused of burglarizing a building belonging to Building Material Liquidation on Duralee Lane on July 14. They reportedly pried the metal industrial shop door open and broke the swing gate arm with pickup truck. The pair are also accused of bending the lid of a metal toolbox, entering two vehicles as well as taking a 1997 Ford F250 and a bag of tools.
"These are additional charges," Sgt. Leland Hester said. "There will more than likely be other charges as they're linked to other crimes in our jurisdiction. I can personally testify to the obstruction on officer (Tim) Roessel myself. I was the second car behind him. (Long) had to be tased to be apprehended."
Long denied involvement in the July 14 incidents.
"I did not do those right there - what you just announced, no ma'am, I did not," he said. "Since I got in trouble here, they want to push all the cases they can on someone."
Townsend comment specifically on the charges, but admitted to having a drug problem.
"I am on methamphetamines," he said.
Court records show that Long pleaded guilty on Jan. 9, 2012 to theft by receiving stolen property, obstruction and giving police a false name. The charges stem from an April 12, 2011 incident on Love Street at Cardinal Drive in Lithia Springs when he reportedly fled from police and resisted arrests. He was sentenced to two years in confinement and eight years on probation.
Townsend pleaded guilty on Oct. 6, 2010 to two counts of theft by receiving stolen property, according to court records. Those charges stem from an April 1, 2010 incident when he was reportedly found in possession of two stolen four-wheelers. He was sentenced to five years in confinement and five years on probation.