In response to a rash of thefts from unlocked vehicles in local neighborhoods, the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office started targeted patrols to try and catch thieves in the act, spokesman Capt. Jay Baker said Friday.

Overnight that effort helped deputies in neighboring Forsyth County make several arrests of suspects they believe stole items from vehicles. The arrests came following a high-speed chase of the suspects who fled in two vehicles.

“We alerted Forsyth County and other agencies what we were doing and last night one of their neighborhoods near the Cherokee County line got hit pretty hard,” Baker said.

Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office officials obtained surveillance video of suspected vehicles in the entering autos case and shared it with Cherokee deputies, Baker said.

A Cherokee deputy, driving just inside the Forsyth County line spotted the vehicles and attempted to pull them over, when the drivers took off at high speed, Baker said.

According to Forsyth Sheriff’s Office spokesman Cpl. Doug Rainwater:

Forsyth County deputies and later Alpharetta police took up the chase just after 1 a.m. Friday which involved an Audi SUV and a Mitsubishi Outlander with theft suspects inside. The chase ended in Fulton County on Ga. 400 when both of the vehicles crashed.

Arrested were:

♦ Christopher Alexander Avery, 18, of Atlanta who was charged with felony theft. He also faces charges in two other jurisdictions.

♦ Jobari Wise, 17, of Forest Park who was charged with fleeing, reckless driving, failure to maintain lane, speeding, driving without a valid license and improper passing.

♦ A third adult suspect, Rodney Ooten, 18, of Atlanta was arrested and being treated for a bite from a police dog. He has been charged with felony entering auto and was a fugitive from another case.

Two juveniles, ages 13 and 15 were also arrested.

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