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Teens indicted on 55 charges for west Forsyth entering auto spree

The Forsyth County Superior Court handed down an indictment of 55 felony and misdemeanor charges last week against three teens who were arrested in August following a multi-county car chase through Cherokee, Forsyth and north Fulton counties.

According to recently released grand jury indictments, Rodney Bernard Ooten and Christopher Alexander Avery, 18, of Atlanta, and Jobari Darnell Wise, 17, of Forest Park, have been formally charged for a string of car break-ins that occurred on Aug. 9 in the Evans Farms subdivision in west Forsyth near the Cherokee County line.

The three teens, along with two unnamed juvenile suspects, allegedly entered 40 vehicles in the west Forsyth area, stealing items like headphones, cash, wallets, electronics, sunglasses, knives and two handguns from the vehicles.

The suspects also allegedly burglarized two residences during the incident and stole a Mitsubishi Outlander which was used to flee the area.

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

One vehicle 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 second vehicle 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.

On Monday, Nov. 18, a Forsyth County grand jury formally charged Ooten, Avery and Wise with 37 felony counts for entering an automobile with the intent to commit a theft, 15 misdemeanor counts for theft by taking and two felony counts of burglary.

Additionally, Ooten and Avery have been charged for one count of theft by receiving, and Wise has been charged for fleeing or attempting to elude a police officer for a felony offense.

Ooten and Avery are being held in the Forsyth County Jail under no bond.

Attorneys representing the three teens either declined to comment, or could not be reached for comment as of press time Monday.

This case will be presided over by Forsyth County Chief Superior Court Judge Jeffrey S. Bagley and will be prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney James A. Dunn.

An arraignment in this case is scheduled for Dec. 4.