ALBANY, Ga. — Three boys checked out more than 70 vehicles and stole electronics, cash and a gun from the five they found to be unlocked, Dougherty County Police Department officials said.
One of the stolen electronics led to a 15-year-old boy’s downfall after the vehicles were looted during October in the Hidden Lakes subdivision, said DCP Sgt. Chad Kirkpatrick.
“We tracked one of the iPods with GPS to 1913 Coney Road on October 31,” Kirkpatrick said. “The owner then locked the iPod down by remote. When it does that it lets out a loud noise. The kid with the iPod took a hammer to it and threw it away about a block away.”
That didn’t matter, Kirkpatrick said, the police had the address and executed a search warrant the next day. They took two boys into custody and rounded up the third, a Lee County resident, police said. As a standard procedure, police do not release the names of juveniles taken into custody.
The boys admitted to smoking marijuana while they looked for unlocked cars to rob, Kirkpatrick said. Police found two iPods, about $150 in cash, a Beretta 9mm handgun, drug paraphernalia and more in a bedroom at the Coney Road home, he said.
The boys face charges of possession of a firearm by a person under the age of 18, theft by taking and entering auto. Police also found a stolen Gillionville Road sign in the bedroom.
“The boys were released to their guardians,” Kirkpatrick said. “They will go to juvenile court at a later date.”
Kirkpatrick also advised everyone to lock their vehicle doors, no matter where they park.