Fayette crime: 14-year-old arrested in stolen car, work truck stolen in Tyrone, daughter punches mom and takes car


The driver of a stolen car recovered by Fayette County deputies in Kenwood Park in north Fayette County on July 29 turned out to be a 14-year-old Clayton County resident.

Sheriff Barry Babb said deputies following investigative leads arrived at the park at 2:59 p.m. and located a stolen Volkswagen Jetta.

The driver was a 14-year-old male from Riverdale who was charged and released to his parents’ custody, Babb said. Officials said the 14-year-old was not suspected of the actual theft of the vehicle.

Also in unincorporated Fayette County, deputies on July 30 responded to a report of a stolen car on Ga. Highway 92 South. Babb said the incident began as a domestic incident between a mother and daughter.

Babb said the daughter was intoxicated and began hitting her mother, who was driving the vehicle. The mother pulled over and exited the vehicle to try to get her daughter out of the car. At that point, the daughter got behind the wheel and drove off.

Babb said the car was located later in Spalding County.

In Tyrone, a work truck stolen from a business in the Shamrock Industrial Park off Senoia Road in Tyrone was recovered in south Fulton County. Thieves had removed the vehicle’s catalytic converter.

Tyrone Police Department spokesman Philip Nelson said the theft was reported from a business on July 31. The business reported that a work truck had been stolen and that another truck had been entered and multiple tools stolen.

The business later received a call from a customer who said the truck had been spotted at a location in south Fulton County. The truck was subsequently recovered, with the catalytic converter having been removed, Nelson added.

Fayetteville police are interested in finding a man who reportedly fondled himself in a retail store on July 25 at the Banks Crossing retail area.

Fayetteville Police Department spokesperson Ann Marie Burdett said officers on July 26 were dispatched to Banks Crossing about a public indecency call.

Police met with the complainant who said that on July 25 at approximately 10:05 a.m., while shopping in the candle aisle in Ollies Bargain Outlet, an unidentified man began fondling himself.

“The complainant said they left the area and reported the incident to employees at the front of the store. The complainant said when the store manager went back to find the male subject, the complainant saw him exit the store,” Burdett said.

Burdett said the complainant provided police with a brief description of the alleged subject as a black male, 6’ 3” in height and approximately in his mid-20s.

The case has been turned over to the Fayetteville Criminal Investigations Division for further investigation. This is an open and active investigation, Burdett said.

In another incident, officers on July 26 were dispatched to Atlanta Control Technologies on Promenade Parkway regarding a theft report, said Burdett.

Burdett said police met with the complainant, who said that on July 24 at approximately 3:36 p.m., video surveillance showed a red pickup truck parked near the back of the business’s parking lot.

Surveillance footage showed an unidentified black male wearing a red t-shirt take three wooden pallets from the back of the building and then load them onto the bed of a truck and drive off with them. The complainant estimated the value of the pallets taken was $165 and said they would like to prosecute the case if the suspect is located, said Burdett.

The case has been turned over to the Fayetteville Criminal Investigations Division for further investigation, Burdett said.


  1. It must be a LATE SPRING BREAK – of another ‘flavor’ – in Fayette County as far as crime is concerned! We need PERMANENT CHECKPOINTS set up on Georgia Highway 85 and other roads heading South into Fayette County fron YOU KNOW WHERE!