Lee County deputies search for prowlers

LESSBURG, Ga. -- A report of two suspicious males prowling through the Hickory Grove neighborhood brought out Lee County Sheriff's Office deputies, two bloodhounds and a helicopter before noon Wednesday.

"There have been many entering-auto complaints in that area," said Sheriff Reggie Rachals. "A deputy arrived on the call and the two ran. If they run away from us, we'll go after them."

A 15-year-old boy from Lee County was caught around 3 p.m. about a quarter mile from where the two people began to run from a deputy, Rachals said. His 17-year-old brother was believed to be the other person on the run, he added.

Rachals would not release the names of the two teenagers, nor would he say what charges they might face.

"We don't know what they were up to out there," Rachals said. "They could have been looking for cars to break in. They didn't have a vehicle; they were on foot."

Residents along Willow Lake and Hearthstone drives and other neighborhood streets came out to talk to deputies as they searched woods and yards in the area.

"This is a nice neighborhood," said Melissa Conyers, a Hickory Grove resident. "My sister called me about the police here and I came home on my lunch break to see if everything was all right."

Rachals went up in the Georgia State Patrol helicopter to supervise the search. By 5:45 p.m., the search had run its course without the apprehension of the second teenager.

"We want to stop this activity if we can," Rachals said. "We'll continue our patrols and see if we can find the brother."

Rachals encouraged residents in Lee County neighborhoods to report suspicious people in their neighborhoods.