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12 charged in auto dealership crimes

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Suspects arrested in connection with the investigation (Source: Chatham Co. Sheriff's Office) Suspects arrested in connection with the investigation (Source: Chatham Co. Sheriff's Office)
SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) -

Savannah-Chatham Metro Police have arrested and charged 12 people in connection with a string burglaries, thefts and auto break-ins from several dealerships.

The arrests come after a four-month investigation by precinct detectives into auto thefts of vehicles from several dealerships. Charges range from burglary to theft, to fleeing to elude and traffic violations.

Central Precinct detectives began working on the investigation after five vehicles were stolen following a burglary at Vaden Nissan in Statesboro. Police started recovering the cars in Savannah, some of which were being used by perpetrators of other crimes.

Police said 32 vehicles were taken from Savannah area dealerships.

On Nov. 9, two more vehicles were stolen from Dan Vaden. On Nov. 20, nine vehicles were stolen from Fuller Chevrolet in Rincon. On Dec. 7, 14 vehicles were taken from Savannah Toyota. On Dec. 24, an undetermined amount of vehicles were stolen from Granger Nissan in Garden City. On Jan. 3, a vehicle was stolen from Critz Buick-GMC.

Some vehicles were recovered immediately, found hidden in parking lots of apartment complexes and along quiet residential streets, according to SCMPD. Other stolen cars were used for other crimes.

Police got tips that thieves were the vehicles for criminal purposes and, in some cases, selling or leasing the keys to others to commit crimes as well, according to SCMPD. All vehicles were ultimately recovered by SCMPD. Some of them had been damaged in crashes.

The investigation led to the recovery of stolen items, including firearms, computers, large-format televisions, electronic games, iPods, digital cameras and 15 smart phones. Also recovered were amounts of prescription pills, cocaine and marijuana.

Metro police began making arrests Dec. 27 and eventually took a dozen into custody. The arrests included one of two men in a pickup truck pursued into Savannah by Liberty County authorities in which a Metro patrol car was rammed and the truck overturned on the Armstrong Atlantic State university campus. A stolen gun and another weapon and stolen items were recovered from the wreckage. Two were arrested after a foot pursuit and police canine search on Critz property grounds. 

Detectives continue to investigate. The suspects are charged with violating Georgia's Street Gang/Terrorism prevention Act.

These suspects were arrested in connection with the investigation:

Kenneth Allen, 19, is charged with burglary, providing false name to police, obstruction, theft by taking, auto; two counts of burglary, second degree; theft by taking; probation violation.

Barsheen Lang, 21, is charged with commercial burglary, three counts of burglary and one of burglary second degree; two counts of criminal damage to property, first degree; two counts of theft by taking; criminal use of an article with an altered ID; possession of drug-related object for use; criminal damage to property, first degree.

Kareem Wall, 20, is charged with theft by receiving stolen property and theft by receiving stolen property, auto.

Brandon Williams, 18, is charged with theft by receiving stolen property; theft by taking; speeding; reckless driving; no proof of insurance, no seat belt, adult; no permit; fleeing/attempting to elude officers, first degree; state custody hold for the Statesboro Police Department; and probation violation.

Stephen Walker, 20, is charged with theft by taking, auto.

Malik Saheed Stephens, 18, is charged with theft by receiving; fleeing to elude and other charges are pending.

Devontae Hinton, 20, is charged with theft by receiving stolen auto.

Alyscia Taylor, 18, is charged with hindering apprehension or punishment.

Marvin Bryant, 22, is charged with possession of a firearm  by a convicted felon; obstruction by fleeing; three counts of  burglary; three counts of theft by receiving;

Jeffery Williams, 23, is charged with theft by receiving stolen property; use of a firearm by a convicted felon in the commission of a crime; fleeing to elude; obstruction; contempt of court; seven counts of theft by receiving.

Derrick A. McDaniel, 25, is charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon; theft by receiving stolen property, firearm; obstruction; loitering or prowling; reckless driving; two counts driving with a suspended or revoked license; two counts of leaving an accident while failing to provide aid or information; probation violation.

Jawyan Pringle, 30, is charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon; obstruction of an officer with injury; conspiracy to violate the controlled substance act; and two counts of probation violation.

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