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Local teens arrested in stealing spree

Photo by Howard Reed

Photo by Howard Reed

CONYERS -- Police are investigating a posse of teen boys who went on a shoplifting spree New Year's Day, allegedly stealing shoes and clothing from three local department stores.

Five of the teens were arrested and taken to Rockdale County Jail on Jan. 1, and two juveniles were taken into custody and ultimately released to their parents in connection with the incident.

Those taken to jail were Chad Shawn Sutherland, 18, of Covington; Keivondi Yellock, 17, of Covington; Deshawn Baldwin, 17, of Covington; Jahnai Clark, 17, of Roswell; and Patrick Fernandes Lopes, 18, of Covington.

They each face misdemeanor charges of shoplifting. Baldwin faces an additional charge of permits and temporary license, as he was driving the group in a Cadillac Escalade with his learner's permit, according to City Marshal Sgt. Guy Sanders with the Conyers Police Department.

Sanders said arrests came after witnesses in the Conyers Crossing Shopping Center on Ga. Highway 20 saw some of the teens run from Famous Footwear toward a vehicle in the store's parking lot.

"There, they removed new shoes from under their hoodies and threw them into the vehicle," Sanders said. "This prompted the witnesses to call the police."

Witnesses gave police the license plate number of the Escalade and police saw the SUV leave Conyers Commons on Ga. Highway 138 and turn into Martha's Vineyard subdivision.

Besides Famous Footwear, the group hit Burlington Coat Factory in the Conyers Crossing Shopping Center and Target on Ga. Highway 138 South, according to Sanders.

More than $600 in merchandise was stolen.

He said the case is still under investigation and police suspect one other juvenile may be involved.

Sutherland, Baldwin, and Clark were released the day of their arrest on bonds ranging from $1,616 to $1,258. Yellock and Lopes were released on their own recognizance.