Valdosta teen charged with multiple vehicle break-ins

| June 30, 2017

VALDOSTA – Over the past several months, Valdosta Police has seen an increase in vehicle break-ins. Since then, the department has arrested several offenders, adults and juveniles, regarding these break-ins.

On June 5, 2017 at 6:51 a.m., uniformed patrol officers with the Valdosta Police Department were dispatched out to a private residence in the 4000 block of Chadwyck Drive. The victim reported that an unknown person had entered into her vehicle without permission and stole several items. The responding officer collected witness statements and gathered physical evidence while on scene. The case was then turned over to Valdosta Police Detectives for further investigation.

The same morning at 6:54 a.m., another report of a vehicle break in was received by E-911 in the 4200 block of Wilshire Drive. The victim reported the same findings of someone entering into their vehicle illegally and stealing items. The responding officer took the initial information in the same manner and forwarded the case over to detectives.

Again at 7:39 am, a third report of a vehicle break in was reported in the same block of Wilshire Drive. The victim advised that items had been stolen from her vehicle. After the aforementioned information was obtained by the responding officer, this case was additionally advanced to the Investigative Bureau. Detectives continued reviewing/analyzing evidence, comparing the type of property stolen, the time frame, and other elements of the crime.

Ultimately, Property Crimes Detectives developed a suspect and brought Edmond Williams, 17, in for questioning. Based on the results of the investigation, probable cause was established for the arrest warrants.

Williams was taken into custody at approximately 3 pm yesterday and was charged with three counts of Felony Theft by Entering Automobile.

“I am very proud of the detectives and citizens who worked together in these cases. We cannot be everywhere so we need citizens to help us solve crimes. Additionally, at this time the police department has a group of detectives who are working together to make additional arrests in these recent vehicle break-ins. In the meantime, I am asking citizens to keep their vehicle doors locked, not to leave valuables in their vehicle, and to dial 911 when they see anything suspicious in their neighborhoods,” said VPD Chief Brian Childress.

Release from the Valdosta Police Department

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