Four suspects charged in car break-ins, thefts
by Michelle Baruchman
June 27, 2014 01:09 AM | 3993 views | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Michael Steele
Michael Steele
Four suspects in a string of car thefts and break-ins in southwest Cherokee County are now facing charges in the crimes that have authorities warning residents to lock their vehicles.

Michael Steele, 18, of Marietta, was arrested by Cherokee deputies last Friday and charged with 10 counts of burglary in the second degree and three counts of theft by taking a motor vehicle, Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office reports show.

Two other suspects were arrested in Cobb County on charges there earlier in June, but their names were not released as the investigation continued, said Cherokee Sheriff’s Office spokesperson Lt. Jay Baker.

They now face additional charges in Cherokee, he said.

Derek Mandeville, 17, of Marietta, has now been charged on 10 counts of burglary in the second degree and three counts of motor vehicle theft in Cherokee County, Baker said.

Nasir Ali, 19, of Marietta, was charged in Cherokee on 12 counts of burglary in the second degree and four counts of motor vehicle theft, Baker said.

“They have not been arrested yet on those (charges), and won’t until they are released on Cobb’s charges,” he said.

A fourth suspect, a juvenile from Marietta whose name has not been released, was charged with theft of motor vehicle and two counts of burglary in the second degree, Baker said.

“The juvenile will be summoned to show up in Juvenile Court to answer to charges,” Baker said.

The investigation began in May, when residents reported three vehicles stolen and another seven broken into in the unincorporated Acworth area, according to police reports.

The stolen cars were a white 2004 Toyota 4Runner, a blue 2004 Nissan Xterra and a white 2008 Chevrolet Malibu, the reports said.

Victims told police they believed the thefts had taken place the night of May 11, reports said. Items stolen included a knife, a firearm and ammunition.

According to a press release by Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office from June 5, in total, four vehicles were stolen and 12 additional cars were entered and items were stolen from inside the vehicles in the three weeks prior.

The Cherokee, Cobb and Marietta police departments worked together to recover all four vehicles, as well as most of the property stolen from inside the vehicles, the release said.

“The Cherokee Sheriff’s Office would like to take this opportunity to urge citizens to always lock their doors and never leave your keys in the vehicle,” Baker said in the earlier release. “Except on very rare occasions in which suspects force their way into vehicles, locking your car door will greatly reduce your chance of becoming a victim of this type of crime.”

Steele was in custody in the Cherokee County Adult Detention Center with a $68,400 bond on Thursday, Baker said.

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