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Local teens likely to face theft charges
Some 20 vehicles were targeted in July 7 spree
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Authorities likely will charge three teenagers in connection with a July 7 crime spree that targeted nearly two dozen vehicles near Ga. 400.


Dawson County Sheriff’s Lt. Tony Wooten said the charges may include, among others, financial transaction card theft and entering autos.


The names of the teens, all of whom are 16 and attend Dawson County High School, are not being released.


In the meantime, authorities are attempting to recover hundreds of dollars in valuables that they say the teens took.


Sheriff’s Sgt. Ray Goodie said the teens targeted electronics like cell phones, iPods and GPS systems. They also reportedly took wallets containing credit and debit cards.


“We had 19 reports, but there were more cars involved,” Goodie said. “Some of the families that made reports had multiple cars that were entered.”


Sheriff’s Maj. John Cagle said most of the thefts were in the Dawson Forest Apartment complex.


Wooten said there were also entering auto and theft reports filed the same night from nearby Couch and Kilough Church roads.


Cagle said it appears the thefts could have been avoided if the owners had locked their vehicles.


“You just can’t leave your car unlocked with valuables laying in plain view because that’s just inviting someone,” he said.


Investigators are warning residents who had wallets stolen to check their bank accounts daily for unauthorized transactions.


As of Monday, Cagle said none of the victims had reported any suspicious activity on their accounts.