SAVANNAH, GA (July 5, 2013): Three adults and two juveniles were arrested and charged after neighborhood residents worked with Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police to stop multiple thefts from parked vehicles Wednesday morning.
Malcolm Xavier Davis, 23, Daquan Jamal Wilson, 17, Jayquan Shakeem Brown, 17, and two juveniles were taken into custody about 3 a.m.
West Chatham Precinct Patrol officers and detectives recovered a stolen car, multiple credit cards and other items stolen from vehicles and a bicycle one suspect had stolen in an attempt to avoid capture.
Davis was in possession of a financial transaction card stolen from a vehicle in the Islands Precinct on Monday and the bicycle. He has been charged with theft by receiving stolen property, party to a crime, conspiracy to commit a crime and theft by taking of the bicycle. Wilson has been charged two counts of theft of a financial transaction card and two counts of entering auto. Brown, who originally lied to police about his name and age and claimed to be a juvenile, has been charged with felony false statements and writings, providing false information, obstruction and entering auto.
The juveniles each were charged with 10 counts of entering auto.
Alert neighbors reported to police at 1:43 a.m. today that several males were walking through the neighborhood near Sunrise Lane and Misty Morning Way. Responding officers found the white Toyota Camry that had been stolen June 24 parked in an isolated area and 10 vehicles that had been entered. Several items taken from those vehicles were found in the stolen Toyota.
Police searched the area for the suspects and were alerted by residents an hour later that four males were walking on Cherryfield Lane where a dark car had picked them up. Police stopped a car matching the description on Grove Point Road and arrested the five suspects. A handgun and magazine to a separate weapon also were found in the car.
“This is a great example of the public working with the police to make a difference in their neighborhoods,” said Capt. P.M. Reilley, West Chatham Precinct Commander. “Our officers saturated the area and with tips from the public were able to stop a crime in progress that could have been much bigger. This also illustrates the need for drivers to lock their cars and make sure items of value are out of sight.”
The recovered Toyota had been stolen from the 10000 block of Ferguson Avenue when the owner reported. that it had been taken at 4:23 a.m. on June 24. A spare set of keys reported to have been left in the residence was missing.
Detectives from West Chatham and Islands precincts continue to investigate today’s thefts and the vehicle theft as well as other cases that may be involved. Anyone with information on the case is asked to call Crimestoppers at (912) 234-2020 or text CRIMES (274637). Tipsters remain anonymous and may qualify for a cash reward.