3 teenagers involved in car thefts arrested
by Wes Mayer
Teens suspected of breaking into more than 40 vehicles and multiple homes throughout neighborhoods north of Newnan have all been arrested by authorities with the Coweta County Sheriff’s Office.
The three suspects have all confessed to the crimes, said Lt. Col. Jimmy Yarbrough with the sheriff’s office. Two of the suspects are 16 years old and will be tried as juveniles, but the third, William Allen Barnes, is now 17. Authorities believe he committed a number of the crimes after he turned 17, which means he will be tried as an adult for those crimes.
All three teens have been charged with 43 felony counts of entering auto to commit felony or theft and seven counts of burglary, Yarbrough said. The suspects may also be tried under the RICO (Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations) Act for the manner in which the three partnered to commit the numerous crimes.
The two 16-year-olds are now in juvenile detention, and Barnes was held in the Coweta County Jail after his arrest on May 8. The two juveniles were taken into custody this week and late last week.
Yarbrough said the three suspects all lived in the area where the majority of the break-ins occurred. Throughout late 2013 and through March and April, a large number of break-ins were reported around the Newnan Pines and Heritage Hills neighborhoods and homes along Country Club Road, Old Atlanta Highway and Hal Jones Road.