Since July 2009, there has been an estimated 50 car break-ins within the city limits of Thomson.
There may now be fewer such crimes since police have arrested a suspect.
Thomson Police Department Investigator Lt. Scott Whittle announced Dec. 28 that 21-year-old Shawn Deangelo Reese, of Thomson, was taken into custody following a brief foot chase with local authorities in front of the U.S. Post Office on Dec. 22. The arrest occurred about 10:30 a.m.
Mr. Reese has been charged with a total of six counts of entering an automobile in both the city and McDuffie County, Lt. Whittle said. The police official said he had taken two warrants out against the suspect, while Investigator Larry Adaway of the McDuffie County Sheriff's Department had taken four warrants out.
Just prior to arresting the suspect, Lt. Whittle said he received a telephone call from a woman saying that she had discovered her car broken into and was following the person she thought responsible from Hospital Lane.
"She provided the description of the suspect, what he was wearing and everything," Lt. Whittle said. "She was very helpful."
The investigator said he called for backup from Sgt. Jammie Smith and Officer Don Hilson and that he also received help from McDuffie County Sheriff's Department Deputy Marc Coy who happened to be traveling along Jackson Street at the time.
Lt. Whittle said he later spotted the suspect crossing over the track at First Baptist Church. The suspect then ran towards the post office, crossing a fence nearby.
"We (Lt. Whittle and Deputy Coy) were able to hem him up and got him restrained right there," the investigator said.
Following the arrest, Lt. Whittle said he learned that Mr. Reese was wanted by county authorities in connection with at least four other break-ins of automobiles.
Additional charges could be forthcoming against Mr. Reese stemming from other break-ins of vehicles within the city limits in past weeks.
"We've probably had at least 50 break-ins of vehicles in the city limits since July," Lt. Whittle said.
Many of them, he noted, were unlocked. Various items were stolen.
He advises all vehicle owners to lock their cars and trucks and to avoid leaving valuables inside.