After a short car and foot chase in south Forsyth, the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office took three men and a juvenile suspected of burglarizing several businesses in Alpharetta into custody on Saturday morning.
According to Cpl. Doug Rainwater, spokesman for the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office, local deputies received an alert from the Alpharetta Police Department for the four suspects and their vehicle, a 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee, at about 6 a.m. Saturday. Within minutes the suspects were spotted in Forsyth County, Rainwater said.
Rainwater said that the suspected Jeep was spotted “backing up to the front doors” of a Chevron Gas station at 765 McFarland Parkway in south Forsyth, and the suspects immediately fled the scene.
“Thankfully a deputy was right there,” Rainwater said.
Within a few miles, the suspects wrecked their vehicle along James Road and fled on foot.
Rainwater said that two of the suspects were caught right away. The two others were captured after citizens in south Forsyth saw a sheriff’s office Facebook post about the situation and phoned in with information about their whereabouts. He said that with the citizens’ information, deputies were able to surround the area and take the men into custody.
When the suspects’ vehicle was searched, deputies found cash, bolt cutters, a pry bar and numerous unopened cartons of cigarettes, Rainwater said. Authorities currently believe that the men had been in the process of breaking into the Chevron when they were spotted.
“It is obvious that this crew was looking for cash and cigarettes,” he said.
Joshua Pitts, Tyrese Rivers, Sadaque Holmes and an unnamed juvenile suspect have been charged with obstruction of a law enforcement officer, providing a false name, theft by receiving, conspiracy to commit a burglary, and possession of tools during the commission of a crime. Holmes is being charged with one additional count for the possession of marijuana.
Pitts, Rivers and Holmes were taken to the Forsyth County Jail, while the juvenile suspect was taken to a regional youth detention center in Gainesville.
Rainwater said that all four suspects allegedly have outstanding warrants in the City of Alpharetta and Bartow County for similar charges.