Residents in the Olin Heights/Ardsley Park area "teamed up with saturating police officers to effect the arrest of three juveniles Wednesday night," police say.
Residents near East 54th and Battey streets noticed three 14-year-old males attempting to enter a white BMW sedan about 8:45 p.m. and called 9-1-1. "Then they took note of the descriptions and direction of travel and advised responding officers from the Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police Department," police say.
Central Precinct Patrol officers, a Metro canine unit officer and SCMPD helicopter Eagle 1 that had been involved in a training operation nearby, secured the area and pursued the teens on foot.
"One was wearing an ankle monitor from a previous arrest and another had removed a monitor assigned to him. None of the suspects live in the area," police say.
“Entering auto complaints have been an increasing concern in these neighborhoods for the past few weeks and residents responded appropriately,” said Capt. DeVonn Adams, commander of the Central Precinct.
“They talked to each other and used social media sites to warn each other to lock their cars, take their valuables or put them out of sight, and pay close attention to who is doing what near their homes. When they saw something suspicious, they called 9-1-1 and advised officers of what they had seen. The result was the arrest of three suspects.
“But, it doesn’t end here. We don’t know how many of the cases these young men had been involved in and there is always someone to take their place. Continued cooperation will help control the criminal element.”
All three juveniles were charged with criminal trespass and obstruction by fleeing. Other charges are pending against the teen who had removed the monitor.