Three men arrested after breaking into vehicles

by Wes Mayer

Three men were arrested Monday after witnesses reported them breaking into cars and stealing items. 

Around 1 p.m. Monday, an employee of Discovery Point on 3052 Highway 154 saw a silver Ford four-door car with a Florida tag back into a parking space next to her vehicle, Lt. Col. Yarbrough with the Coweta County Sheriff’s Office said.

 One of the three men in the vehicle got out of the Ford, broke the glass of the employee’s car and stole a Coach brand purse from inside before jumping back in the car and speeding away.

The employee immediately contacted 911, gave the vehicle description and said the suspects were traveling north toward I-85. At mile-marker 59 on the interstate, Deputy Jacob Herbert saw a vehicle with three black males matching the description and pulled the vehicle over, Yarbrough said.

When Herbert approached the suspects’ car, he noticed a strong odor of marijuana and saw the men acting nervously, Yarbrough said.

Herbert also saw broken glass on the floor and a second purse, which had been reported stolen from a vehicle at the Newnan branch of the Ankle and Foot Centers of Georgia. The three men in the vehicle, Steven Tobias Brown, 22, Jarvis Fitzgerald Matthews, 27, and Rickie Lee Ricks, 22, were charged with felonies of entering auto.

A misdemeanor amount of marijuana was also discovered in the vehicle, and the three were charged for possession as well. The victim’s Coach purse was later recovered on the side of the road.



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