Senoia police investigators have arrested a Senoia man in connection with an entering auto incident in mid-November in which a handgun was stolen.
Matthew J. Conway, 34, was charged with entering auto and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime, according to Lt. Jason Ercole.
Ercole said that, with a tip from the public and assistance from the Peachtree City Police Department and Fayette County Sheriff’s Office, Senoia investigators were able to identify Conway as the person of interest they sought in connection to an entering auto that occurred on Nov. 18 where a gun was among the items stolen from the victim’s car in a subdivision off Rockaway Road.
A debit card stolen from the vehicle was used later in the day at a convenience store in Peachtree City, Ercole said in a previous report.
“Once identified, investigators were able to link Conway to the theft and obtained a search warrant for his home in Senoia,” Ercole said. ”When the search warrant was executed on Dec. 16, investigators discovered the gun and other items taken from the victim’s car in the suspect’s home.”
Further investigation revealed that Conway was a convicted felon and was not allowed to possess a firearm, said Ercole.
Ercole said that he was thankful that the department was able to make an arrest in this case and get the stolen firearm off the street.
Ercole urges citizens to remove firearms and other valuables from vehicles when parked outside overnight and to lock the doors.