Two Arrested on Theft Charges
Two people face charges in connection to multiple burglaries within the city of Toccoa.
Toccoa Police Chief Tim Jarrell said it started last week when police received a tip about stolen property located at a local motel.
“When we arrived at the Toccoa Motel, there was a vehicle parked out in from of Room 22 that was full of various tools used in lawn care,” said Jarrell.
He said the items included weed eaters, chain saws, and hedge trimmers that authorities were able to identify as stolen.
According to police, they recovered thousands of dollars worth of lawn equipment from the scene.
Authorities then arrested 37-year-old Bobby LaVelle Jones, Jr. and 30-year-old Gina May Wells, both of Toccoa.
They are each currently charged with two counts of burglary and two counts of theft by taking.
Jarrell said that police believe these two individuals were responsible for burglaries or thefts that occurred on Tugalo Street, Poplar Street, and Bellevue Drive.
“Our investigation is telling us that the individuals arrested were going to homes where people had lawn care equipment under their carport or in front of their home,” said Jarrell. “They would check to make sure no one was at home. When they verified no one was at home, they would pick the equipment up and put it in their vehicle.”
Jarrell said the suspects then pawned the equipment or sold it to someone.
The investigation into the case continues and police said the two may have been responsible for other burglaries in the area.
According to Jarrell, a number of the items taken in these incidents were unsecured on someone’s property.
Jarrell said a case like this serves as a reminder for people to secure their property to try and prevent it from being stolen.
“It is important that people secure their items and lock them up,” said Jarrell.
Jarrell said that anyone in the Toccoa area who had lawn equipment stolen over the last couple of months should contact police.
In addition, the chief said anyone who bought lawn equipment from either of the suspects should also contact authorities.