3 arrested for vehicle break-ins

Paulding County deputies have arrested three people suspected of stealing small electronics and money from at least 11 vehicles last weekend.

The three suspects, Dillon Crawley, 18, Wesley Ellgass, 18, and a 16-year-old boy whose name was not released, allegedly took items from vehicles in the north Paulding and Hiram areas, according to Sgt. Brandon Gurley with the Paulding County Sheriff's Office.

The majority of the vehicle break-ins were in the Bentwater community, off Cedarcrest Road, Gurley told the AJC. All three of the suspects live off Cedarcrest Road and were arrested Monday, he said.

The trio is also accused of break-ins in Burnt Hickory Estates on S.R. 61 north and at a home on Mein Mitchell Road, near Hiram, police said.

Small electronics, such as GPS devices and cell phones, were among the items reported stolen, along with wallets and purses. Some of those items have been located, police said.

“All the vehicles that were entered at night were parked in driveways and unlocked,” Paulding County Sheriff Gary Gulledge said in a statement. “The daytime thefts occurred in a public parking lot from vehicles that had the targeted items in plain view inside the vehicle.”

Crawley and Ellgas have each been charged with 11 counts of entering autos, Gurley said. The juvenile has been charged with 11 counts of entering autos, obstruction, curfew violation, and being a runaway juvenile.

Crawley and Ellgas were booked into the Paulding County Detention Center, where their bond was set at $32,450, Gurley said.