Police: Friends arrested in local theft
by Joshua Sharpe
August 31, 2013 12:39 AM | 2335 views | 0 0 comments | 19 19 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Police say five suspects recently charged in an early-August commercial burglary off Bells Park Drive are believed to be part of a larger group of friends known to have committed thefts around Woodstock.

Brittany Duncan, spokesperson for the Woodstock Police Department, said authorities are looking for Angie Mulbah, 37, of Woodstock, on charges from an Aug. 8 burglary in Woodstock, but have so far taken in Woodstock residents Christopher Eriquezzo, 19, Andrew Brooks, 22, Kody Allison, 19, and 17-year-old Bethany Copley. All five suspects are believed to be part of larger group of friends who are accused of committing many thefts around Woodstock, Duncan said.

The five have each been charged with conspiracy to commit burglary in the second degree and tampering with evidence in the burglary, Duncan said. They have also been connected to an entering auto case from July 5 on Market Street. Duncan said the suspects’ arrests have also helped the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office solve more than a few entering auto cases.

Eriquezzo, who also faces a theft by shoplifting charge in an unrelated incident in Woodstock, was one of two suspects charged with 22 counts of entering auto by the Sheriff’s Office last week, along with Austin Stepho, 17, of Woodstock, said Lt. Jay Baker, spokesman for the Sheriff’s Office.

Duncan said Woodstock detectives believe Stepho could be connected to the commercial burglary as well.

“He’s a person of interest,” she said. “But we don’t have charges on him.”

In the burglary, Duncan said the suspects allegedly made off with a safe with cash inside and other valuable items from the business.

All of the suspects have been arrested except Mulbah, whom the Woodstock Police Department is actively seeking, Duncan said.

Eriquezzo remains in custody at the Cherokee County Adult Detention Center on $160,700 bond, as does Brooks, whose bond has been set at $59,900. Allison is in custody at the Detention Center on $41,150 bond and Copley was released last week on $42,200 bond, Duncan said.

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Mulbah is asked to contact the Woodstock Police Department at (770) 592-6030.

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