After following up on information of recent car break-ins and thefts in the Ingleside area, on Thursday, May 26, 2016, Bibb County Sheriff’s Deputy Tony Moss made contact with a suspect in the 1400 block of Marion Avenue. Deputy Moss arrested the 14 year old male juvenile and transported him to the Bibb County Sheriff’s Property Investigations Unit to be questioned. After investigators questioned the juvenile, he was arrested in connection with multiple incidents where a total of 35 vehicles were broken into. The incidents of entering auto in this case occurred over a years’ time. The locations of the entering autos were on Ingleside Avenue, Rogers Avenue, Clayton Avenue, Neal Avenue, Buford Place, Calloway Drive, Desoto Place, Vineville Avenue, Vista Circle, Oakhaven Avenue, English Avenue, Corbin Avenue, Forest Avenue, Stonewall Place, Stanislaus Circle and Stanislaus Plaza, Alabama Avenue, Florida Avenue, Hines Terrace and in front of the Hilton Garden Inn on the Mercer University Campus.  Bibb County Sheriff’s Property Investigator Putnam worked with an investigator from Mercer University Police Department to clear up the 10 that occurred on the campus. The total amount of thefts and break-ins by the juvenile occurred over a year’s time. As the investigation continues there may be more charges and more arrests.

Bibb Sheriff David Davis said, “We typically expect to clear several entering auto cases when we make an arrest, as these types of thieves tend to target several cars at once, but this is a tremendous amount of cases attributed to one individual. This illustrates how troublesome one person can be once they decide to engage in criminal activity. I am very proud of the patrol deputies and investigators who have stemmed the tide of thefts in this area with this investigation.

I am very disturbed that this perpetrator is only 14-years-old and has been stealing from cars for a year. I would hope this serves as a wake-up call not only to him, but to other teens who think they can commit crimes and not get caught.

This individual has admitted to preying on unlocked doors. We urge all residents to make sure your vehicles are locked and your valuables are out of sight.”

The juvenile was charged with 35 counts of Entering an Automobile.  He was transported to the Regional Youth Detention Center where he was detained on the charges. Anyone with information about the incidents is asked to contact the Bibb County Sheriff’s Office at 478-751-7500 or Macon Regional Crimestoppers at 1-877-68CRIME.