ALBANY, Ga. — A resident noticed three men walking in the 2600 Brittany Road neighborhood about 4:25 a.m. Thursday. She called the police.
According to Albany Police Department reports, a patrol officer arrived and spotted a 2006 Ford Super Duty pickup driving along with no headlights on. When he tried to stop the truck, three men jumped from the truck about a half mile away on the 2600 block of Lansing Drive and ran into the woods behind homes.
“This is the second time someone stole my truck. We’ve had burglaries around here,” Brittany Road resident Alvin Dewayne Shiver said. “The only thing you can do is lock your doors and keep a loaded gun.”
Officers caught Trevor McKever, 20, of 2526 Hilltop Road, and he was booked into Dougherty County Jail on four counts entering auto and motor vehicle theft, a jail spokesman said.
McKever makes a first appearance before a judge today. Police continue to search for the other two men in connection with the theft.
When the men jumped from the truck, it crashed into a tree, the police report said. In their hurry to flee, the men dropped two backpacks containing two iPads and a HP laptop in them. Other loot included a Vivitar camcorder and Nintendo games, the report added.
The tidy neighborhood with brick ranch-styled houses seems to be a target, residents said.
“They ran right through my yard to the woods,” Charles Hines said as he raked his lawn on the 2600 block of Lansing Drive. “Kicked in a door at that house six weeks or two months ago. The man across the street had a Magnum (handgun) stolen out of his car.”
Hines said he and other neighbors have ideas on how the thieves work neighborhoods. It involved a driver dropping off the thieves and then driving a few blocks away.
The driver would then circle back. If the thieves had entered a home and stolen loot, the driver would be there for the getaway. If there was a car to steal, the thieves would drive away themselves.
“The police do a good job. They caught one,” Hines said. “I’ve got an alarm system. My neighbors watch out.”
Anyone with additional information should call Crime Stoppers at (229) 436-TIPS (8477) or investigations at (229) 431-3288. The Spanish speaking APD-COP Tip Line is (229) 434-2677.
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