Warrants have been issued for the arrest of a third suspect in connection with the theft of two cars and the break-in of a third during a recent basketball game at Thomson High School, authorities say.
Capt. Jamie Bridges of the Thomson Police Department said that 28-year-old Christopher Ciechan, of Georgia Highway 56 North, Waynesboro, is being sought.
Warrants charge Mr. Ciechan with two counts of theft of a motor vehicle and one count of entering an automobile.
Anyone knowing the whereabouts of Mr. Ciechan is asks to contact the Thomson Police Department at (706) 595-2166.
Two other suspects have been taken into custody on the same charges.
Capt. Bridges identified them as:
Reginald Scott, 30, of the 2100 block of Shirley Avenue, Augusta; and
Robert Hobbs, 18, of the 3600 block of Headstall Lane, Dearing.
Mr. Scott and Mr. Hobbs are accused of stealing two cars, a 1989 Chevrolet Caprice, owned by Jessie Brown, of Thomson and a 1984 Chevrolet Caprice, owned by Xavier Jenkins, of Thomson, Capt. Bridges said.
The investigator said they are also accused of breaking into a 1995 Chevrolet Caprice, owned by Sharon Johnson, of Warrenton. Stereo equipment was stolen from the car.
The crimes occurred in the parking lot outside Thomson High School on Dec. 18.
At the time, the Thomson Bulldogs were playing the Warren County Screaming Devils.
Thomson police Sgts. Marcus Murray and Steve Stewart and Officers Pat Sanders, Ruth Hernandez and her K-9 partner, Fredy, responded to the scene of the crimes.
Minutes later, police issued an all-points bulletin for area law enforcement agencies to be on the lookout for the stolen cars.
"About a minute later, officers here received a telephone call that a police officer in Grovetown had stopped one of the suspects driving one of the stolen cars," Capt. Bridges said.
The suspect driving the car turned out to be Mr. Scott, the investigator said.
The second stolen car was recovered at a "stash house" between the Pumpkin Center Community and Grovetown.