Two unlocked vehicles with the keys inside and four firearms were among items stolen in the latest local spree of thieves entering unlocked autos, authorities said Thursday.

The spree occurred after midnight Thursday, according to Cherokee Sheriff’s Office spokesman, Capt. Jay Baker.

However, investigators have video of one of the suspects in action and are hopeful the public will be able to help identify him.

“Cherokee Sheriff’s deputies responded to several thefts from vehicles Thursday morning in the Dogwood Farms, Wildwood and Crabapple Farms subdivisions. Not only did suspects steal items from unlocked vehicles, two vehicles with keys left inside were also taken,” Baker said. “A black Range Rover was stolen and later abandoned due to a flat tire inside Dogwood Farms subdivision off Univeter Road. The suspects then stole a silver 2014 Hyundai Elantra and drove to the Wildwood subdivision off Univeter and Crabapple Farms off Ga. Highway 140, and continued entering unlocked vehicles. As of now it, appears 18 vehicles were entered. Prescription medication, cellphones and four firearms have been reported stolen.”

Video of part of the spree is available here, with a suspect visible at the 50-second mark:

If anyone has any information related to these thefts or if anyone recognized the suspects, they are urged to call 911 or investigators at 770-928-0239.

There have been many incidents of thieves entering unlocked autos throughout Cherokee County this year.

In late June in Ball Ground, an unlocked Jeep with the keys inside was taken, while a gun was taken the same night from a vehicle nearby.

Also in late June, Canton police arrested six people inside the Great Sky subdivision where they are charged with entering vehicles. The suspects, four adults and two juveniles, are being investigated for links to other entering auto crimes in the area, Canton police have said.

Law enforcement officials say that thieves entering unlocked vehicles is one of the most common crimes locally, and most times can be prevented by simply making sure vehicle doors are locked.

Managing Editor

Gary Tanner is managing editor of The Cherokee Tribune, Cherokee Ledger-News and Cherokee Life magazine. He has been working as a journalist since 1985.

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(2) comments


If you leave a firearm in your vehicle, locked or unlocked, you're an irresponsible owner.


It mentions Crabapple Farms off 140, should this be Crabapple Falls?

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