Two individuals suspected in a string of vehicle break-ins that occurred within a Forsyth County neighborhood in 2018 are now in Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office custody, authorities say.
Lynda Sherreff Little, 20, and Janiya Rakeel Hill, 18, both of DeKalb County have been arrested and charged with 18 felony counts of theft entering automobiles, sheriff’s office spokesman Cpl. Doug Rainwater said on Wednesday.
After 18 vehicles near Apple Blossom Drive in the Windermere area of Forsyth County were broken into in the early morning hours of June 7, 2018, photos and fingerprint evidence left at the scene allegedly identified Little and Hill as suspects in the thefts, Rainwater said.
Little was arrested shortly after the incident in Anniston, Alabama, according to Rainwater, while Hill has been held in custody at the Carrol County Jail on similar charges.
Hill was picked up by Forsyth County deputies at the Carroll County Jail in September and Little was brought to Forsyth County from the Alabama State Prison on Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2019.
In a statement on Wednesday afternoon, Forsyth County Sheriff Ron Freeman pointed to what he considers a growing crime trend in the Forsyth County area -- repeat offenders coming into Forsyth County from other metro-Atlanta counties to commit crimes.
Freeman said that unlike other counties that might release suspects “with little oversight and little or no bond,” Forsyth County would not be so lenient.
“This was excellent work by our Criminal Investigations Division in staying the course to bring these two suspects to answer for their crimes,” Freeman said. “We will be relentless in pursuing those who commit crimes against our citizens regardless of the actions of other counties.”
Hill is being held in the Forsyth County Jail under a bond of $200,000, while Little is being held without bond, according to court records.