Juveniles charged in for 2 month crime spree in Whitfield Co. - WSMV News 4

Juveniles charged in for 2 month crime spree in Whitfield Co.

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The Whitfield County Sheriff's Office has charged a group of juveniles for a two month crime spree that involved burglaries, thefts, and stealing vehicles, including one taxi.  Their criminal activity started around the first of July and went until the end of August.

Six individuals responsible for the activity have been charged in Juvenile Court.

One of the six, John Parrish, turned 17 and has been charged as an adult. The other juveniles are 15, 16, and three of them are 14.   Members of the group would meet at specified times to commit criminal activity.

Their criminal activity occurred in different areas of the county and also inside the city limits of Dalton.

Members of the group have admitted to entering at least 100 vehicles at Walnut Square Mall and in neighborhoods throughout the county.  A taxi parked at a residence on Hill Road, among other vehicles were stolen or broken into.

Three members of the group are also charged with Criminal Trespass for attempting to enter the "Compassion House" on Hill Road through a window one evening. The subjects fled when an alarm was activated. During their crime spree one of the juveniles was arrested for some of the thefts and placed out at the Regional Youth Detention Center. He was released the next week to return to school. Upon returning to school he was discovered stealing an I-PAD from the school. He has been charged with this theft also.

Members of the group came under suspicion after a car stolen from M & D was involved in an accident on August 17, 2013, around 1:00am, on Pleasant Grove Drive.  The occupants from the vehicle fled on foot. A deputy later located part of the group walking in the area.

The investigation is on-going to try and identify all the criminal activity these individuals have been involved in. 




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