ALMA — Two Alma men are facing charges on five counts of entering auto, weapons charges, burglary and obstruction charges after running from police when they were seen loitering in residential areas where vehicles had been entered Wednesday morning, said Alma Police Chief Michael Leslie.
They were caught after a foot chase, he said.
Timothy Wesley Jr., 18, of Alma, was the first one taken into custody, said Leslie. His arrest was followed by that of Bailey Williams, 18, of Alma, he said.
Alma police are continuing to search for a third person seen running with the two just after daybreak Wednesday, said Leslie.
An officer with the Alma Police Department observed three young men walking in a neighborhood near Bacon County Middle School and Bacon County High School about 6:30 Wednesday morning, Leslie said.
Once the men saw the officer, each fled in separate directions, said Leslie. The APD was quickly assisted by deputies with the Bacon County Sheriff’s Office and troopers with the Georgia State Patrol, said Leslie.
While searching for the men, reports of entering autos and a burglary began to be reported to 911, Leslie said. Officers were able to apprehend one of the suspects in the area. A second suspect was apprehended after lunch, said the chief. The APD is still seeking the third suspect, he said.
A total of four vehicles and one business office were broken into, said Leslie. Stolen were a laptop, cellular phone, 12-gauge shotgun, .22-caliber handgun, .22-caliber ammunition, personal identification, debit and credit cards, and an undisclosed amount of cash money, said Leslie.
Leslie said officers recovered all property known to be stolen, except for a .22-caliber handgun. These suspects are also believed to have committed an entering auto on W. 20th Street near S. Dixon Street during the morning hours of Sept. 11 where a .45-caliber handgun was stolen after someone shattered a door window on a truck, Leslie said.