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Teens charged in crime spree
Vehicles stolen, damaged
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Forsyth County News


Two teenagers have been arrested after a recent crime spree in north Forsyth, authorities said.

The boys, both 16, have each been charged with two counts of motor vehicle theft and three counts of criminal damage.

Forsyth County Sheriff’s investigators declined to release their names because of their ages.

One of the suspects was also charged with one count of burglary and six counts of entering auto. The other teen faces an additional four counts of entering auto.

Both teens are being held at the Regional Youth Detention Center in Gainesville.

Authorities confirmed that one of the youths had been arrested last summer in connection with a rash of vehicle break-ins in the neighborhoods of Arbor Meadows, off Spot Road, Nichols Creek, off Tribble Gap Road and Lake Forest.

Sheriff’s Investigator Tom McCullagh said the most recent spree started about 1:30 a.m. Wednesday.

According to McCullagh, one of the teens took a vehicle from the Lake Forest subdivision, off Hendrix Road, and went to pick up his friend.

They then drove along Settingdown Road, where they reportedly damaged three vehicles with a baseball bat.

“From there, they left and entered multiple vehicles in Glenhaven,” said McCullaugh, adding that the teens are also accused of taking a second vehicle from that neighborhood.

After reportedly racing and playing “bumper cars” along Ga. 400, one of the teens drove home in one of the vehicles, McCullagh said.

The other teen went to the Castleberry Farms subdivision, where he reportedly entered more vehicles and a home.

McCullagh said the homeowner heard the teen and called authorities. The young suspect also unsuccessfully attempted to steal a second vehicle.

He was arrested when he returned to the first vehicle he’d taken, which he had parked near the neighborhood pool.

He’d apparently left it running and the battery died, said McCullagh, adding that every vehicle involved in the spree had been left unlocked.