A DeKalb County man in a stolen car was arrested in Cherokee County in the wee hours of Monday morning and a suspected accomplice in another stolen car got away, authorities said.

Investigators believe the two men were working together in the area to enter unlocked cars and steal items from them, Capt. Jay Baker of the Cherokee Sheriff’s Office said.

According to Baker:

At about 3 a.m. Monday while on patrol, a Cherokee Sheriff’s deputy noticed a green Hyundai parked in the middle of the road on Knotts Landing Drive near Ga. Highway 92. The deputy entered the neighborhood from Cherecobb Drive and began patrolling where he had seen the Hyundai. While in the neighborhood, the deputy saw a white Toyota passenger car parked in the neighborhood swimming pool parking lot. As the deputy was approaching the Toyota, he saw the Hyundai pull back into the neighborhood from Ga. Highway 92. The deputy observed fresh damage to the rear of the Hyundai.

As the deputy approached the Hyundai, the driver accelerated and ran through a stop sign. The deputy lost sight of the vehicle but gave a description to dispatchers. Woodstock Police Officers spotted the vehicle near an undeveloped apartment complex moments later. The driver of the vehicle, who was described as a black man wearing a black tank top and red shorts jumped out of the Hyundai and ran away near Wigley Road. Police were not able to apprehended the man. However, they discovered that the Hyundai had been stolen from an address on Kingfisher Cove in unincorporated Cherokee County. Deputies went to the location and saw the front gate to the neighborhood had been damaged.

Deputies then returned to look for the white Toyota which was still parked at the Knotts Landing pool. Inside the car was Deante Martin, 24, of Decatur. Deputies discovered that the Toyota had been reported stolen out of DeKalb County, and Martin was had outstanding arrest warrants out of Henry County. Martin had a wallet that belonged to the owner of the stole green Hyundai whose driver had fled from police.

Martin was arrested and charged with two counts of theft by receiving stolen property, loitering and prowling and probation violation in Henry County.

Martin remained in the Cherokee County jail without bond Monday afternoon.

“Investigators believe the two suspects were in the area looking for unlocked vehicles to steal from. We want to take this opportunity to urge citizens to always lock your car doors,” Baker said.

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