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Teens charged with 38 counts of theft after multi-county car chase

More than 40 new charges have been issued by Forsyth County authorities against the five teens who were arrested last week after a multi-county car chase through Cherokee, Forsyth and north Fulton counties.

According to Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Cpl. Doug Rainwater, each of the teens now faces a list of different charges, including theft entering autos, burglary and possession of a firearm in the commission of a crime.

Three of the teens – Rodney Bernard Ooten and Christopher Alexander Avery, 18, of Atlanta and one juvenile – were captured at an apartment complex off McGinnis Ferry Road on Friday morning. Two other suspects – Jobari Wise, 17, of Forest Park and one juvenile – were captured at the intersection of Atlanta Highway and Holcomb Bridge Road in Roswell.

All five suspects were allegedly responsible for a spree of vehicle break-ins that occurred at about 2 a.m. on Friday in the Evans Farms subdivision in west Forsyth near the Cherokee County line.

Using security camera footage from the neighborhood, authorities were able to locate two stolen vehicles allegedly used in the break-ins – a White Audi SUV and a Mitsubishi Outlander – and pursued both the vehicles along Post Road through Forsyth County.

The Audi was disabled by a spike strip that was deployed onto the roadway at Ga. 400 and McFarland Parkway and three males fled from the vehicle to a nearby apartment complex on McGinnis Ferry Road, authorities said.

With the assistance of a K9 unit, all three suspects from the Audi were found hiding in different areas of the apartment complex and placed under arrest.

The Mitsubishi Outlander was chased down Atlanta Highway and was finally forced to a stop at the intersection of Atlanta Highway and Holcomb Bridge Road in Roswell. Two suspects in the vehicle immediately surrendered to authorities.

Wise, Avery and Ooten have now been charged with 38 counts of theft entering autos, two counts of theft by receiving stolen property, burglary, two counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor and theft by receiving a stolen motor vehicle.

Additionally, Wise has been charged with a number of different traffic offenses, and Avery has been charged with felony theft by taking.

All three adult suspects are being held in the Forsyth County Jail under no bond.

Rainwater said that the two juveniles, ages 13 and 15, have been placed in the custody of the area Youth Detention Center and face similar charges because they are being considered as “willing participants” in the incident. He said that no further information can be released on the juveniles, beyond that the 15-year-old is believed to be connected to an Atlanta area gang.

On Monday, Officer TaSheena Brown of the Atlanta Police Department confirmed that the unnamed 15-year-old suspect is also wanted in connection with a carjacking that took place on Ponce de Leon Avenue in Atlanta last week.