Cumming police say a teenager charged in connection with several vehicle break-ins at a local movie theater may be responsible for other similar crimes, including at the driver services center.
“It is unknown at this time how many other incidents may be linked to [him],” said Police Sgt. Bryan Zimbardi.
As of Tuesday afternoon, 17-year-old Victor Obed Rivera-Villages was being held at the Forsyth County Detention Center on at least eight charges after his arrest Sunday. Bond has been set at nearly $55,000.
According to Zimbardi, Rivera-Villages faces two counts of theft by taking, four counts of burglary and one count each of possession of less than one ounce of marijuana and criminal damage to property in the second degree.
Rivera-Villages reportedly ran from the parking lot of Movies 400 when officers arrived Sunday afternoon to investigate reports of vehicle break-ins.
He crossed Hwy. 9/Atlanta Road before officers caught up to him in the woods behind the Mary Alice Park Office Complex.
Zimbardi said the investigation showed “four vehicles had been broken into, one of which had the window shattered by a hand tool.”
Someone, he continued, had “made off with approximately $800 worth of portable electronics and other items, most of which were recovered by a sweep of the area following the [chase].”
According to Zimbardi, “It appeared that [the suspect] lost most of the items while attempting to jump a chain-link fence behind the movie theater.”
He said Rivera-Villages is also suspected in a similar case that occurred earlier in the week at the Department of Driver Services building off Pilgrim Mill Road.
He said that incident started off as a report of a suspicious person and “turned into a gentleman saying some items were missing from his vehicle.”
After spotting Rivera-Villages walking along Pilgrim Mill Road, police officers talked with him. “[But] at the time there was nothing to tie him to any criminal activity because he was just walking down the road,” Zimbardi said.
It wasn’t until later that officers found the missing items along the road.