WEST FORSYTH -- A trio of suspected car break-in thieves who rang in the July 4 weekend may soon lose their independence.
A Forsyth County grand jury indicted Darnell Finley, Terriontae Robinson and Telvan Tillis each on a total of 18 counts of entering an automobile during an alleged break-in spree June 30 to July 1.
The thieves reportedly targeted two neighborhoods, Evans Farms and Legacy at Prather Farm subdivisions off Canton Highway (Hwy. 20) and Post Road (Hwy. 371), and broke into 22 cars.
“We do get entering autos here, but a spree like that in one night is not typical,” Deputy Epifanio Rodriguez, a spokesman for the sheriff’s office, said at the time.
According to incident reports, the suspects did not use force to break into the cars because the majority of them were unlocked.
They reportedly made off with a number of items including wallets, purses, sunglasses, iPods, navigation devices, laptops and cash.
Two victims’ credit cards were allegedly used at a Walmart in Lithonia at 6:30 a.m. on July 1, one of which was for a $1,000 purchase.
Another victim’s losses from items inside a purse were valued at more than $1,900.
“Always keep your car locked, no matter where you’re at,” Rodriguez said at the time. “Don’t leave valuables in your car. People will not only keep their cars unlocked, but they’ll keep [belongings] as far as jewelry, cash and guns in their car.”
He also said residents who do keep their vehicles unlocked in their driveway overnight or anywhere else should keep items such as purses, money or firearms out of sight.
Forsyth County Superior Court Judges Jeffrey S. Bagley and Philip C. Smith are presiding over the cases.