Police search for suspects in string of entering autos including car theft

Woodstock Police are looking for who they believe to be multiple suspects in a series of cars broken into, and one that was stolen, in neighborhoods on Rope Mill Road.

According to police reports, over a dozen cars in the area were entered in the early morning Jan. 23, including one Kia Telluride that was stolen and abandoned in a nearby neighborhood.

The Kia owner was able to locate her vehicle with an app which showed that the car was started in the victim’s driveway, taken to Old Rope Mill Park and parked and turned off there, and ended up in the Brookshire neighborhood. The app did not have all locations available, but the suspects drove a total of 64 miles.

In most cases, nothing of value was taken, though many reported their belongings were rummaged through, and at least one person reported missing identification, a credit and debit card and gift cards. One victim reported that one of the suspects left a debit card behind in her vehicle.

The cases are under investigation. In January, there were 12 entering auto cases that were reported to Woodstock Police, said police spokeswoman Brittany Page.

“The Woodstock Police Department would like to remind residents to lock their car doors and hide valuables from plain sight. If you see something suspicious, say something and call 911,” she said.

Shannon is a reporter covering education, city governments, crime, features, religion and other local news. She is a graduate of Young Harris College and currently lives in unincorporated Woodstock.

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