Joshua Hayes, 18, was taken to Lumpkin County Detention Center shortly after his Nissan Xterra broke down in the downtown subdivision early Sunday morning.
“An officer was actually doing some patrolling in the area and noticed that a car appeared to be broken down on the side of the roadway,” said Investigator Wesley Burnett. “The officer recalled that sometime earlier there had been an [alert] for a red vehicle possibly occupied by a burglary suspect.”
Hayes reportedly told authorities he was visiting a friend in the neighborhood.
However, suspicions were compounded when Officer Mark Sutton reportedly spotted a small amount of marijuana in the vehicle.
“It was in plain view in the passengers seat of the vehicle,” said Burnett. “Then he also located some in his pants pocket.”
An ensuing search of the vehicle turned up a bevy of allegedly stolen goods which were allegedly lifted from 10 vehicles and one residence over a week and half time span.
Burnett said most of the thefts occurred in the Sky Country neighborhood as Hayes reportedly entered unlocked vehicles at night and pilfered them of their valuables.
In one case, Hayes allegedly jimmied a lock and entered a residence as well.
The stolen items ranged from iPods to iPhones to shoes to sunglasses to textbooks to trading cards.
Burnett said he spotted rookie Michael Vick and Eli Manning cards amidst the haul.
“Some of them were in plastic cases,” he said.
Hayes was transported to Lumpkin County Detention Center where he was charged with burglary, possession of marijuana, theft by receiving and 10 counts of entering an auto.
“More charges are possibly pending,” said Burnett.