Teens charge in car break-ins

CONYERS -- Three teenage males have been charged in connection with a rash of car break-ins in south Rockdale County.

The three were out riding bikes at about 4 a.m. June 26 when deputies with the Rockdale County Sheriff's Office had contact with them. Deputies were patrolling in the Stanton Road area due to recent reports of car break-ins in the vicinity. The majority of the break-ins had occurred in the same general timeframe.

The deputies asked the teens why they were out at such an hour and subsequently discovered that the boys had several GPS units and other miscellaneous items in their possession, according to the RCSO.

Deputies also discovered a bag of marijuana on one of the teens. He was placed under arrest on a charge of possession of marijuana and for being in possession of a GPS unit that had just been reported stolen from a subdivision off Ga. Highway 20, according to Investigator Michael Camp, public information officer for the RCSO.

The other two teens were released and all the other property was taken into custody while investigators determined if any of it was stolen.

As deputies and investigators began looking into the recovered items, new reports of car break-ins were made just hours later, Camp said.

"The original teenagers that had been released on the scene have since been charged in relation to the thefts," according to Camp. "Additional charges are expected, and the arrests are expected to clear a number of entered auto cases, as well as burglary cases in the general area."

Those arrested by the RCSO were:

-- Trevious Troutman, 17, of 2556 Oak Creek Lane, Conyers, charged with misdemeanor possession of marijuana, theft by receiving stolen property and two counts of entering auto.

-- Reginald William Gregg, 18, of 643 Honey Creek Road, Conyers, charged with two counts of entering auto.

-- A 16-year-old juvenile who is also facing two counts of entering an auto.

"This is a great example of the effectiveness of CompStat," said Sheriff Eric Levett. "Since our first CompStat meeting in early June, the deputies and supervisors have targeted the areas that we've identified as our crime hot spots. Hopefully, these apprehensions are just the first of many as we deploy deputies to where the current crime trends are occurring. I want to commend our deputies and investigators for working together and detecting the trend of entered autos and burglaries that allowed us to develop a coordinated response to the area."

CompStat, which is short for Computer Statistics or Comparative Statistics, is a management process that was started in 1994 by the New York City Police Department. The focus of CompStat is the analysis of current crime trends, strategic problem-solving and accountability. Once a crime trend or problem area has been identified, the command staff strategizes and develops specific deployment tactics to address the problems. CompStat goes beyond "extra patrols" for an area, according to the Sheriff's Office. Each problem or crime trend that is detected looks at finding the root causes of the problem, and then the command staff determines a response, which often involves the residents of the area.

Levett began implementing CompStat into the operations of the Sheriff's Office on June 12. While it's still in the implementation stage, he said these arrests serve to demonstrate that CompStat can work and can serve as one tool to make the county safe.