A few people enjoying the New Year’s holiday weekend in Peachtree City had their celebrations dampened by would-be car thieves.
According to reports, no less than ten complaints were received by Peachtree City police Dec. 31 relating to attempted automobile break-ins. All were along the Hwy. 54 corridor, at least three of them at the hotel and conference center. Various degrees of damage to windows showed evidence of forced entry.
In one incidence, at about 3 a.m. officers responded to the hotel and conference center and found an auto break-in underway. The suspects got into a white passenger car and tried to exit the location but, once they saw the officers, drove to the loading dock and got out of the car to flee. Officers were unable to locate the suspects but found several vehicles with broken windows. The investigation is ongoing.
Elsewhere in Peachtree City, a Ford Focus was pulled over Dec. 28 shortly before midnight on Hwy. 74 near the Water and Sewerage Authority for equipment violations. After reasonable suspicion of drug activity was established, K9 Drako sniffed around and indicated to the officer that drugs were present. The vehicle was searched and the suspect was found to be in possession of methamphetamine.
Janet Chandler, 56, of Griffin was arrested and charged with a felony drug count and possession/use of drug-related objects as well as brake light/turn signal and head light violations.
A traffic stop took place Dec. 28 at about 1:30 a.m. on Peachtree Parkway at Stevens Entry for moving violations. After an investigation, the driver was placed under arrest for driving under the influence. A search of his person produced more than one ounce of marijuana and drug-related objects in his possession.
Larry Thompson, 43, of Fayetteville was charged with a felony drug count as well as DUI of alcohol and possession/use of drug-related objects, according to the Fayette County Jail log. Other charges included driving with a suspended license, stop sign violation, failure to maintain lane and reckless driving.
A vehicle was spotted Dec. 30 just after midnight at Hwy. 74 and Horizon with smoke coming from the hood to the point that it appeared to be on fire. A subsequent investigation revealed that the driver had no insurance and a revoked driver’s license as well as being wanted for violation of probation. Jeffrey Coleman, 39, of Jackson was arrested and taken to Fayette County Jail.
A Dec. 31 traffic stop on a Chrysler on Kedron Drive near Fielding Ridge led to an arrest for distribution of marijuana hallucinogens. Robert Sumbry, 28, of Peachtree City faces three felony drug charges and one felony charge of possession of a weapon by a convicted felon, along with one count of marijuana possession and five traffic violations.
Officers responded Jan. 1 to a location on Beaver Dam Road for a welfare check and a report of a verbal dispute. It turned out that one of the parties had an active arrest warrant, and Joseph Redden, 29, of Peachtree City was taken to Fayette County Jail.