The ages of four teenagers who were ar­rested as a re­sult of a tag check on a sus­pi­cious ve­hi­cle.

The Covington News - - LOCAL - DARRYL WELCH dwelch@cov­news.com

A tag check on a sus­pi­cious ve­hi­cle re­sulted in the ar­rests of four At­lanta teens, in­clud­ing three ju­ve­niles, and may have solved as many as 17 ve­hi­cle break-ins in Cov­ing­ton.

Ac­cord­ing to Cov­ing­ton Po­lice Depart­ment (CPD) Cap­tain Craig Tread­well, CPD Of­fi­cer Matt Mose­ley ob­served a Jeep be­hav­ing sus­pi­ciously on High­way 142 around 4 a.m. April 1 and checked the tag. The Jeep re­port­edly came back stolen out of Rock­dale County and Mose­ley ac­ti­vated his emer­gency equip­ment and at­tempted to make a traf­fic stop. Ac­cord­ing to Tread­well, the ve­hi­cle re­fused to stop, made a U-turn and en­tered I-20 trav­el­ing west­bound.

Tread­well said be­cause the ve­hi­cle’s oc­cu­pants ap­peared to be teenagers, CPD did not con­tinue the pur­suit.

The Rock­dale County Sher­iff ’s Of­fice (RCSO) was given a look out on the ve­hi­cle and its di­rec­tion of travel.

RCSO re­port­edly saw the ve­hi­cle exit I-20 and wreck in a park­ing lot where they took the four teens into cus­tody.

CPD De­tec­tive Chip Shi­rah said items found in the Jeep be­longed to some of the vic­tims of mul­ti­ple ve­hi­cle break-ins which oc­curred Fri­day night and early Satur­day morn­ing in Cov­ing­ton.

Shi­rah said at least 16 ve­hi­cles were bro­ken into on Hen­der­son Drive and one on Hill­crest Drive.

Ac­cord­ing to Shi­rah, the ages of those ar­rested are 13, 14, 16 and 17. The youngest three are charged with 16 counts of en­ter­ing auto. The 17-year-old is charged with 16 counts of en­ter­ing auto, flee­ing and at­tempt­ing to elude, theft by re­ceiv­ing and child en­dan­ger­ment.

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