In the early hours of Sunday, a suspect the truck’s owner knew only by name allegedly took the 2004 Dodge Dakota from the Hall Station Road location while the owner and his brother slept, according to a Bartow County Sheriff’s Office incident report.
The owner said he and his brother had been fishing at Lake Allatoona all night and returned to the Adairsville residence. He said when he woke at 7 a.m. the truck was missing, so he and his brother went looking for it. According to the report, the truck was involved in a chase with Adairsville police between 4 a.m. and 8:30 a.m. and was found wrecked at a towing company.
When asked if they knew the suspect, both men said “not really, they just knew his name.”
According to the man’s brother, the suspect had come by asking for a ride and was told no. The suspect allegedly left.
The deputy then attempted to speak to the suspect at Floyd Medical Center about taking the truck but was told he had been taken into surgery.
The case remains under investigation.
Four more car break-ins reported in Cartersville
There appears to be no break in the vehicle break-ins around the city.
Four thefts were reported over the weekend, all occurring in the overnight hours.
According to the Cartersville police reports, the vehicle left at a South Morningside Drive business had a shattered driver’s side window. The owner said when she left the location about 2:30 a.m. Saturday the vehicle was without damage. The owner’s purse was still inside but empty and her wallet was missing.
In the second report, a man said his yard blower was taken from the back of his truck, parked in the driveway of his Wells Street home, between 10 p.m. Friday and the time of the report at 1:30 p.m. Saturday. A Neel Street resident said someone entered his Pontiac G6 and took a bottle of Givenchy cologne overnight Friday. Nothing else was reported missing, and the owner said he thought he locked the car but there was no forced entry.
Overnight Saturday, a Johnson Street resident said someone entered his Nissan Titan and took $210 from his wallet, which was covered next to the center console. He said no other items were missing, and no forced entry was made. Early this month, Cartersville Police Department advised residents to take precautions.
“This type of crime tends to be cyclical. For example, as we experience warmer weather during the late evening and early morning hours as summer approaches, those who commit this type of crime tend to be out on the street later at night whereas during seasons of colder temperatures they are inclined to stay inside,” Chief Thomas Culpepper said in the release at that time.
Culpepper said there are several things the public can do to help reduce the number of these crimes. First and foremost, report any suspicious activity in the neighborhood or in parking lots. Second, do not leave anything of value visible in a vehicle. This would include items such as laptop or tablet computers, cellphones, cameras, purses, jewelry, money, wallets or items that would be inviting to someone. Third, lock your vehicle. In the majority of instances where these types of crimes take place the vehicle was not locked. Fourth, if your car is in a garage, lock the garage doors. If your car must be parked outside in a driveway and there is a light close to the car, install a motion sensor light that will turn on if someone comes close to the vehicle.
He reminded the public that this type of crime is a crime of opportunity. An unlocked vehicle presents an easy opportunity. Visible valuables present another opportunity. If the vehicle is locked, the more valuable the visible items are, the more likely there will be a forcible entry into the vehicle. By locking the vehicle and by securing valuables in the trunk or preferably by completely removing them from the vehicle, opportunities for theft are reduced.
Call 911 if you observe any criminal activity or call the Cartersville Police Department tip line at 770-606-5337.