DeKalb investigators charged a couple believed to be responsible for more than 200 burglaries and thefts in Alabama, Georgia and Tennessee – allegedly stealing almost $50,000 worth of items in DeKalb County alone.
Charles Allen Dodd, 32, of Leesburg, and Charlotta Lynn Davis, 50, of Cartersville, Ga., were arrested late last week in relation to the crimes.
Dodd is charged with 36 counts of third-degree degree burglary, five counts of first-degree theft of property, 20 counts of second-degree theft of property, 10 counts of third-degree theft of property and first-degree criminal mischief.
Davis is charged with 36 counts of third-degree burglary, five counts of first-degree theft of property, 20 counts of second-degree theft of property, 10 counts of third-degree theft of property and first-degree criminal mischief.
Sheriff Jimmy Harris said the couple has also been charged in Georgia and additional charges are expected.
He said investigators have been working on the case for more than three months, ultimately identifying Dodd and Davis as suspects. Arrest warrants for the pair were issued in Georgia and Alabama, and authorities in Alabama, Georgia and Tennessee were asked to be on the lookout for the two, Harris said.
Harris said Investigator Mary Waters spotted the pair in DeKalb County last Friday and approached them, at which point they fled in their vehicle, resulting in a multi-agency police chase.
Harris said DeKalb investigators and officers with the Alabama Department of Revenue, Alabama State Parks, National Parks Service, DeKalb County Drug Task Force, Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office and Chattooga County, Ga. Sheriff’s Office chased the two into Cherokee County.
He said the vehicle occupied by Dodd and Davis allegedly ran several other vehicles off the road during the chase, which finally ended at the intersection of Cherokee County 41 and Highway 35 when police forced the vehicle off the road.
Harris said investigators from Tennessee and Georgia are working with DeKalb law enforcement to verify several thefts in their respective jurisdictions and Cherokee and Marshall authorities will likely bring additional charges against the Dodd and Davis.
“Authorities in Tennessee have been in contact with DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office and information gained here indicates this couple could be responsible for as many as 200 burglaries and thefts in the tri-state area,” Harris said. “This is by far the biggest theft case worked by this office as far as the shear number of thefts.”
He said the value of the stolen items exceeds $47,000 at this time in DeKalb County alone.
“This has been a case which has caused all of us a lot of tension and lost sleep. We were confidant we would eventually solve this case, and hard work and good information from the public brought this to a successful conclusion,” Harris said. “I would like to give a personal thanks to all of the officers who responded Friday to our call during the chase.
“The suspects were apprehended due to the combined efforts of all of these agencies. Every road they turned on had an officer that headed them back to the place where they were eventually arrested. We are extremely glad to get these people in jail and hopefully get the property back to the rightful owners.”
Dekalb Times – Free Press