A Lawrenceville duo will do prison time after breaking into more than 200 vehicles through metro Atlanta, many belonging to firefighters.
Ayana Dayshina Forest, 22, and Elisha Howard Ross, 26, had law enforcement agencies from 17 counties on their trail of break-ins and thefts between January and June.
Prosecutors in a news release announcing their guilty pleas laid out their process: Forest would drop Ross off near a fire station at night. He’d smash the car windows with a tool then search the glove compartments. Then Forest would circle back and pick him up.
Forest and Ross also nabbed cash, headphones, laptops and other valuables.
At the July 31 news conference when they were arrested, Cobb fire’s deputy chief Bill Johnson said his firefighters were spooked to have their personal vehicles targeted.
“It’s very discouraging. They’re out doing their job, serving the citizens and protecting them the best they can, only to find out and get back from a call and wake up in the morning, and their cars have been broken into and personal belongings stolen,” he said.
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