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Published on March 03, 2024
Suspected Teen Thieves in Custody After Lawrenceville Car Break-Ins, Stolen Gun RecoveredSource: Gwinnett County Police Department

Two local teens landed behind bars after allegedly taking law enforcement on a ride that had a stolen gun riding shotgun, officials said. The duo, identified as Brice Harris and Ja'darrius Head, both 18, were nabbed by Gwinnett County police following reports of suspicious activity surrounding car break-ins near Drayton Manor Run in unincorporated Lawrenceville.

Police were tipped off by a caller who witnessed two individuals trying to jimmy into vehicles, darting between homes, after which authorities spotted a red vehicle hastily exiting the neighborhood and during the stop that ensued, they recovered several stolen items, including a firearm which was previously reported stolen, as per FOX 5 Atlanta.

Charges are piling up for the young suspects after an investigation linked them to the series of auto theft attempts. Harris faces a slew of charges including theft by receiving stolen property and possession of marijuana less than 1 ounce, whereas Head's charges list loitering and prowling, among others, as noted in a Gwinnett Daily Post report.

The Gwinnett County Police Department is seizing this incident as a cautionary tale for residents, doling out advice to deter potential thieves like parking in well-lit areas, installing dashcams, and never leaving valuables such as firearms in vehicles—a reminder that might be a little too late for the victim of the stolen gun but could spare others the headache of dealing with stolen property and the footwork of law enforcement, according to authorities quoted by the Gwinnett Daily Post.

The sticky-fingered teens are now cooling their heels in Gwinnett County Jail, pending further investigation; as police continue to piece together the aftermath of their early morning escapades and the community rethinks the wisdom of leaving tempting items in plain sight in parked cars.