Investigators with the Wayne County Sheriff’s Department have filed more than three dozen theft charges against a La Grange man in connection with motor vehicle break-ins.
Authorities charged 19-year-old Jamaronte Tyja Jones of 116 Gatsby Court.
He faces 15 counts of felony breaking and entering into motor vehicles, two counts of felony larceny, two counts of felony possession of stolen goods, six counts of misdemeanor larceny and six counts of misdemeanor possession of stolen goods.
Investigators said his secured bond was set at $300,000.
Two days later, seven additional related charges were filed and bond was increased by another $37,500.
The charges included three counts of felony breaking and entering to a motor vehicle, and one count each of felony possession of stolen goods, felony larceny, misdemeanor larceny and misdemeanor possession of stolen goods.
Arresting officers Lt. Mike Kabler and patrol Lt. Jason Sasser said they starting looking into the case on March 20 when multiple reports were filed of motor vehicle break-ins in the Hood Swamp area.
Officers said they received information on a suspect and the intense investigation began.
They got a report about a golf cart being stolen on March 24. Jones was arrested that day.
Deputies say Jones provided assistance to officers in locating a large amount of the stolen property, including the golf cart.
“The sheriff’s department would like to thank the citizens in this neighborhood that assisted in the case. The information and surveillance video they provided greatly assisted with this case and the arrest,” said Sheriff Larry Pierce.