Detective Timothy Harvey, center, announces the arrest of two people charged with thefts of credit cards and other loot from unlocked vehicles in the Doublegate area as Sgt. Edward Heath, left, and Detective Patricia Williams listen. More charges are pending.
ALBANY — A spree of vehicle break-ins led police to arrest two people, recover stolen goods and return property to the rightful owners, said an Albany Police Department detective Tuesday.
“People gave officers the serial numbers on their stolen items. This allowed us to link the items back to the suspects, apprehend them and return the items,” said Detective Timothy Harvey. “The suspects stole wallets and purses with credit cards from unlocked vehicles that allowed them to buy thousands of dollars of items. We found $10,000 worth of merchandise.”
Dougherty County Jail staff booked Eric Jackson, 37, and Lashonda Mims, 24, into jail on initial charges of entering auto, Harvey said. Additional charges are pending.
Charges related to about $600 in bogus $20 bills found on the suspects are among the charges that could be added, said police Sgt. Edward Heath.
“We’ve contacted the Secret Service about the counterfeit bills,” Heath said. “The credit cards left in unlocked cars had $20,000 limits on them.”
Because the investigation continues, Harvey said the police are not releasing the address where the loot and the suspects were found. There could be additional arrests in the thefts that include some Dougherty County locations.
Harvey and Heath cautioned residents Tuesday to copy the serial numbers of their cameras, computers and other vulnerable to theft items down.
Harvey said the best way to have a stolen item returned is to make note of serial numbers. The money spent by the alleged thieves through stolen credit cards on an iPad, other electronics, multiple brand-name sneakers and shoes, clothes, weapons and other items would be absorbed by the card companies.
Authorities urged residents to lock their vehicles, especially during the holiday season, a time when entering auto thefts rise.
“Lock your vehicle no matter where it is,” Harvey said. “Don’t leave your weapon, wallet, purse or anything in your vehicle.”