Cobb County police have charged two men they believe are behind dozens of car break-ins dating back as early as January on the western side of the county.
Powder Springs resident Revelation Shadrach Brown, 21, and Khristopher Quamtrel Garner, 19, of Douglasville were arrested last week following an overnight operation conducted by Cobb police.
According to arrest warrants obtained by Cobb police, the department began increased patrols to fight a 169 % increase in break-ins in areas covered by Precinct 5, which includes areas surrounding Dallas Highway and Macland Road in west Cobb County. The precinct documented 240 vehicle break-ins from Jan. 1 to June 19, and noted these crimes involved 28 stolen guns.
On the morning of June 26, officers and other units within the Cobb police department conducting an overnight sting operation found two suspects, later identified as Brown and Garner, rummaging around in vehicles in the 1200 block of County Line Road in Acworth, according to an arrest warrant. Police pursued both men on foot, and captured Brown immediately while Garner was tracked down by a Cobb police K-9 officer.
According to the warrant, Garner told detectives that he went with Brown “during entering auto activities on several nights.” Garner said he only acted as a lookout for Brown “to make sure nothing happened to him.”
Garner was charged with one count each of entering auto, loitering and obstruction. Brown faces 10 counts of entering auto. However, Cobb police allege statements provided by Garner connect him to 23 entering autos, including incidents reported in May and June in Powder Springs, Kennesaw, Acworth and Marietta. Cobb police also say video footage and other evidence places Brown in the area and actively entering vehicles for 38 incidents.
Police also recovered from Brown a backpack containing four firearms and two more handguns were found after police executed a search warrant at Brown’s home. Five of the six handguns were stolen, Cobb police allege.
Garner was booked into the Cobb County Jail on June 26 and released the next day on a $5,720 bond. Brown was also booked into the jail and remains at the facility without bond.
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