The Stephens County Sheriff’s Office is announcing a number of arrests in connection to multiple burglaries.
According to Stephens County Sheriff Randy Shirley, the first burglary was on April 20 on Oak Valley Road and also included burglaries over the following week on Brookhaven Circle, Pine View Road, and Whispering Pines Road. Shirley said jewelry and motor vehicles were taken in those burglaries.
The sheriff went on to say the investigation of these burglaries then led authorities to a residence on Crawford Farm Drive in Toccoa.
“On April 26, the Sheriff’s Office executed a search warrant at 140 Crawford Farm Drive in Toccoa and recovered a lot of those items,” said Shirley.
Shirley said the search also netted illegal narcotics and firearms.
In addition, the sheriff said authorities were then able to follow up and locate one of the stolen vehicles in Banks County and the other one in Habersham County.
Four people were arrested.
43-year-old Wanda Teresa Nalley of Toccoa was charged with two counts of theft by receiving stolen property, two counts of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, one count of possession of marijuana, and one count of possession of a scheduled drug.
Meanwhile, 19-year-old Anna Nalley was charged with two counts of felony theft by taking and 36-year-old Ray Daniel Mims of Carnesville and 31-year-old Jessica Hope Windiate of Toccoa were both charged with two counts of burglary first degree.
Mims and Windiate already faced charges in connection to the Oak Valley Road burglary on April 20.
Shirley said authorities believe this was a very organized group of thieves.
“One thing the investigators recovered out of the search warrant that was executed at the home were some documents where they were going out and casing houses in Stephens County and had specific information about the house, watching when homeowners were leaving and returning and so forth,” said Shirley. “This was a big operation we believe.”
Shirley said the investigation continues and that it could stretch beyond Stephens County.