Parrish Roberts
Photo: Pike County (Ala.) Sheriff's Office
Photo: Pike County (Ala.) Sheriff's Office

Man wanted in Athens car break-ins jailed in Alabama

Athens-Clarke County police said they’ve obtained more than two dozen arrest warrants for a man accused of breaking into cars, stealing checks and cashing them at banks in multiple states. 

The department has 30 warrants for the arrest of Parrish Roberts, 26, in connection to a string of car break-ins in Athens in March. 

Roberts is in the Pike County jail in Alabama. He was booked April 11 on a charge of possession of burglary tools. Other accusations have arisen against Roberts in other jurisdictions in Alabama, according to Athens police spokesman Geoffrey Gilland. 

In Georgia, the investigation took more than a month, Gilland said. Investigators found that Roberts was connected to a rental car used to commit multiple car break-ins. 

Roberts and an accomplice would enter the cars and steal purses that contained personal checks and credit cards, according to Gilland. Then, Gilland said Roberts forged the checks and cashed them at banks “throughout Georgia and neighboring states.”

“The identities of several victims from the Athens’ crimes were forged and used to cash other stolen checks and victims' financial transaction cards were also fraudulently used in other jurisdictions,” Gilland said.

Gilland said Roberts is involved in “felony lane gang” activity, in which a suspect uses the lane furthest from the teller window at a drive-thru bank in order to cash stolen checks. 

Roberts’ warrants include nine counts of entering auto, 11 counts of identity fraud and 10 counts of financial transaction card theft. 

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