Two teens arrested in connection with 12 entering auto cases

By Sheila A. Marshall

Managing Editor

Officers of the Griffin Police Department Uniform Patrol Division have arrested two men – Sumahja Moore, of 1746 Park Lane and Alante Miller, of 306 S. Pine Hill Road – both 19-years-old, on 12 counts each of entering auto.

Moore and Miller were arrested after UPD personnel were dispatched in reference to several reports of vehicles being illegally entered in the area of Pinebrook Drive, Leola Drive, W. Poplar St. and Poplar Point Terrace.

With information provided by a witness, officers identified the two suspects, who are alleged to be responsible for all 12 of the March 13 incidents.

“These were all on the west side of town,” said Capt. Dwayne Jones, who added these cases are not thought to be related to a separate spate of entering auto cases across town. “The ones over on College Street and Maple Drive, we don’t think these are related; there’s no connection with these arrests. We feel it’s independent.”

Residents are being asked to exercise precaution to reduce the potential of becoming victims of property crime. Investigators have determined that all the vehicles involved were unlocked.

“I realize when we park our vehicles at home, they should be safe, but we’re just trying to reduce the possibility of someone being victimized. Everyone should lock their vehicles,” he said. “You would be surprised what people will leave in their vehicles – cell phones, pocketbooks, iPads, iPod and other electronic items. We’ve also had firearms stolen lately, not a lot, but a few. We’re asking residents not to leave things of value in their vehicles, and it would be helpful for people to write down the serial numbers of their electronic devices and firearms. That way, if they are victimized, it increases the likelihood of us recovering their property. If we have the serial numbers, we can enter that information in a national database.”

Moore and Miller are currently being held in the Spalding County Jail. Authorities say the investigation is ongoing and additional arrests are possible. Anyone with information is asked to contact Cpl. Mike Morris at 770-229-6450 or mmorris@cityofgriffin.com.

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