The Hall County Sheriff’s Office is asking that anyone who may have been a recent victim of entering auto or theft but did not report it to contact (770) 536-8812. Potential victims can set up an appointment to identify their belongings by contacting (770) 531-6879.
Four young men arrested earlier this month in connection with an automobile break-in spree in neighboring Hall County were transferred to the Forsyth County Detention Center on Tuesday.
In Forsyth, the men — Blake Ray Forrester, 20, Dillon Ross Stowers and Connor William Wales, both 19, and Dylan Allen Martinez, 17 — face three charges each of entering an auto.
In Hall County, Forrester, Stowers and Wales face 12 counts each of entering auto. Martinez has been charged with 14 counts of entering auto and two counts of criminal trespassing. All four men are from Hall County.
According to the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office, the local break-ins occurred between June 30 and July 3 in north Forsyth subdivisions.
Hall County Sheriff’s Sgt. Stephen Wilbanks has previously said that investigators were working to determine the total value of the stolen property, but that initial estimates were “in excess of $20,000.”
According to the Hall County Sheriff’s Office, deputies responded in early July to the Graham Circle area in northwestern Hall after a resident saw a man breaking into a car at her home.
The suspect ran off, but was tracked by a canine unit to a nearby house on Price Road, where he was arrested.
During the course of the investigation, three more people were interviewed and ultimately linked to a number of recent entering auto cases in Hall, Forsyth, and Dawson counties.
Investigators also were able to recover a large amount of stolen property including power and hand tools, GPS devices, electronics and personal items.
Investigators believe more charges are possible as the investigation continues and more victims come forward.
At the time, Wilbanks said the total value of property recovered and returned was about $5,500, but that there was “another $4,000 to $5,000” worth of items whose owners hadn’t been determined.