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Suspect sought in Cherokee was briefly in Fulton custody

A man who allegedly stole items from vehicles near Acworth was arrested a day later by Atlanta police on other charges, but he was released from the Fulton County jail before Cherokee County authorities learned he was in custody.

Demone Ontray Allen, 19, of Lithonia, allegedly entered the vehicles of at least two victims in the Centennial Lakes subdivision Aug. 30, Cherokee County sheriff’s spokesman Jay Baker said Thursday in a news release. He allegedly stole a laptop, a gun, credit cards and other items.

The stolen credit cards were used in Kennesaw and at Atlantic Station, Baker said.

However, “On Aug. 31, Atlanta Police chased and arrested Allen, who had been in a stolen vehicle with several stolen items from Cherokee County,” Baker said.

“Allen was released from the Fulton County Jail prior to Cherokee County investigators learning of the incident,” Baker said.

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The Fulton County charges include criminal attempt to commit entering an automobile, theft by receiving stolen property, giving a false name, and obstructing an officer, according to jail records.

Cherokee County investigators have charged Allen with burglary, entering auto, felony theft by taking, misdemeanor theft by taking, financial card theft and financial card fraud.

Allen is described as 5-foot-8 and 145 pounds with short black hair, according to Baker. Anyone with knowledge of his whereabouts is asked to call 911.

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