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Lovejoy Police Nab Car Thieves After Chase

Suspects Linked to Multiple Vehicle Thefts

The Lovejoy Police Department announced the arrest of three suspects who were involved in a series of car thefts in the area. The suspects were identified as James Smith, 25, Michael Jones, 23, and Kevin Brown, 22. They were apprehended after a brief pursuit on Monday night.

According to the police, the suspects had stolen a car from a residence in the Lovejoy area and were spotted by a patrol officer. The officer attempted to stop the vehicle, but the suspects fled at a high speed. The officer then called for backup and initiated a chase.

The pursuit ended when the suspects crashed the stolen car into a fence near a school. The suspects then tried to run away on foot, but were quickly caught by the officers. No injuries were reported in the incident.

The police said that the suspects confessed to stealing several other cars in the past few weeks. They also said that they were part of a larger car theft ring that operated in the metro Atlanta area. The police are still investigating the case and looking for other possible accomplices.

Lovejoy Police Nab Car Thieves After Chase

Car Theft Ring Used Sophisticated Methods

The police revealed that the car theft ring used sophisticated methods to steal vehicles and evade detection. The suspects would target cars that were parked in driveways or on the streets, and use devices to unlock them remotely. They would then drive the cars to a nearby location and switch the license plates with stolen ones.

The suspects would also use fake IDs and documents to sell the cars to unsuspecting buyers on online platforms or through contacts. The police said that the car theft ring had been active for several months and had stolen dozens of cars worth millions of dollars.

The police urged the public to be vigilant and take precautions to prevent car thefts. They advised car owners to park their vehicles in well-lit and secure areas, use anti-theft devices, and report any suspicious activity to the police.

Car Theft Rates on the Rise in Georgia

The arrest of the car theft suspects comes at a time when car theft rates are on the rise in Georgia. According to the latest data from the National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB), Georgia ranked sixth in the nation for vehicle thefts in 2023, with 39,080 reported cases1. This was an increase of 9.4% from 2022, when Georgia ranked eighth with 35,717 cases.

The NICB said that the COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting economic downturn had contributed to the surge in car thefts across the country. The NICB also said that the advancement of technology had made it easier for thieves to steal cars without keys or alarms.

The NICB recommended that car owners follow the “layered approach” to protect their vehicles from theft. This approach involves using common sense, warning devices, immobilizing devices, tracking devices, and insurance coverage.

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