Authorities are crediting a collaborative effort for recent arrests in a string of thefts from vehicles in south Forsyth.
Forsyth County Sheriff’s deputies and the Neighborhood Watch group in Fieldstone subdivision worked together on the case.
Arsalan Khan, 20, of Agard Street was arrested Sunday and charged by the sheriff’s office with three counts each of entering auto, theft by receiving and theft by taking.
He also faces one count of obstruction of an officer.
Also arrested was a 16-year-old male, whose name has not been released because of his age. His charges were not available.
Sheriff’s Lt. Col. Gene Moss said deputies identified Khan as a suspect while patrolling Fieldstone on Sunday after reports that several vehicles had been entered.
“When they approached, he ran and was later apprehended,” said Moss, adding that deputies determined through their investigation that the teenager was also a suspect.
The subdivision’s Neighborhood Watch group had sent out an alert to residents in the area about the incidents.
Moss noted that with the holidays approaching, county residents should be more cautious about their vehicles.
“We can’t stress enough to keep your valuables out of your vehicles and keep your cars locked,” he said.