Two Bainbridge teens charged in string of auto break-ins logo

Two teenagers, one 17 and another 14, were arrested Friday, August 8 as part of Bainbridge Public Safety’s investigation into a string of recent auto break-ins, according to investigators.

Michael Jelgel Jeffery, 17, of 2007 Meridian Drive, Bainbridge, and a 14-year-old juvenile were each charged with three counts of entering an auto, according to BPS.

Captain Mark Esquivel, a captain with Bainbridge Public Safety, said the break-ins in question happened on or about July 27 . One of the break-ins was in Douglas Hills, a subdivision off College Road in Bainbridge; another break-in was off Lake Douglas Road and a third happened on Loblolly Lane, off Georgia 97 North in Bainbridge.

“We had enough evidence to charge the suspects with three break-ins, but it’s possible that there were other break-ins that were unreported,” Captain Esquivel said. “My advice to residents is that if it looks like your vehicle has been rummaged through, go ahead and report it to police, even if nothing appears to be missing. We might find out more information about the break-in at a later date.”

The break-ins in Douglas Hills happened on Ashton Way and Lochlaurel Lane, and money and a GPS unit were taken from two of several vehicles that were rummaged through, according to BPS incident reports.


Other auto break-ins reported

In a separate, unrelated case, a couple of other auto break-ins were reported in the past week.

On Tuesday, August 5, a resident of Julia Circle reported that someone had busted out the window of a car and opened up its glove box.

At another home down the street on Jula Circle, a resident reported that someone had busted out the window of her car and taken a purse containing her check boo, credit cards and a debit card.

BPS officers also investigated an auto break-in on nearby Emily Drive, in which a car window had also been broken out. A purse containing cash, credit cards and an ID card were stolen in that case.

Bainbridge Public Safety investigators checked each of the vehicles for fingerprints and are continuing their investigation. Anyone with more information about these auto break-ins is asked to call Investigator Ryan Deen at (229) 248-2038.

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