Three men suspected of breaking into cars in several counties, including Coweta, are now in jail.
Jaquan Blakeney, 19, Austin Hammett, 19, and Quentin Jackson, 20, were taken into custody following a short high speed chase and foot pursuit in Cleburne County, Alabama on Friday.
All three men are currently charged with 17 felony entering auto charges in Coweta.
The chase began when authorities with the Cleburne County Police Department spotted a Mercedes Benz C350 that was reported stolen and matched the description of a car suspected of several entering auto cases in Coweta County, according to Investigator Bobby Crowdis with the Coweta County Sheriff’s Office.
Inside the stolen car, investigators with the Coweta County Sheriff’s Office allegedly recovered laptops, cell phones, and tablets, along with a ski mask, multiple pairs of gloves and gun holsters.
One of the items recovered was a pair of surgical optical glasses that had a name engraved on the side, according to Crowdis. The name was that of a man who lost them in a burglary. The wife of the victim told police he had them stolen while staying in a hotel near Fairburn last month.
While in custody, one suspect was shown surveillance footage taken from the parking lot of a LaQuinta Inn in Newnan which showed one subject smashing the glass of a truck and placing his arm inside the cab, according to Crowdis.
While the video was playing, the subject began to narrate the video and advised the investigators he was one of the subjects and who the other two men were, according to Crowdis.
The suspect told Crowdis the trio drove up and down I-85 and I-20, targeting hotels that were nearby. The men allegedly used a flathead screwdriver to smash open windows in order to enter the vehicles.
Crowdis believes the three men appear to be connected to multiple thefts from vehicles in Coweta, Fayette, Carroll, Cleburne, Troup and Newton counties.
The sheriff’s office is currently working with other agencies to determine the total number of victims.
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