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Five teens identified as suspects who led police on chase

CONYERS — Five teenagers have been identified as the suspected burglars in Newton County who led Rockdale County deputies on a chase along Interstate 20 Friday morning before crashing at Turner Hill Road in DeKalb County.

Seventeen-year-old Chassity Miranda Delossantos of 5461 Zachary Lane and Kamae Audrey Rodriguez, also 17, of 634 Royal Abbey in Stone Mountain have been arrested and charged with burglary.

The other three suspects’ identities were not released due to their status as juveniles under the age of 17. Two of the younger suspects are 16-year-old males from Stone Mountain. The third is a 15-year-old from Lithonia, said Rockdale County Sheriff’s Office Cpl. Michael Camp.

They are likewise facing juvenile burglary charges, he said.

The 15-year-old and one of the 16-year-olds is in a juvenile detention center. The other 16-year-old was injured at the crash scene and remains in the hospital where he is recovering from a broken leg, Camp said.

In addition to the burglary charges in Rockdale County, the five suspects are also facing similar charges in Covington and Newton County. The five may also be linked to several burglaries in Walton County, authorities said Friday.

Friday’s chase of the suspects began after the Covington Police Department responded to a burglary on Tara Drive early Friday morning.

Capt. Ken Malcom of the CPD said the burglary alarm call came in sometime before 8 a.m. Witnesses reported seeing individuals walking around the residence who also appeared to be looking into a vehicle parked there. When the burglary alarm was set off, witnesses said they saw the individuals leave the house and get into a white Ford F-150 pickup truck.

Malcom said the witnesses were able to provide a tag number, which came back as reported stolen Wednesday from a Country Walk residence that was also burglarized.

According to the Newton County Sheriff’s Office incident report from that burglary, a resident in the neighborhood told deputies that she saw an older gray minivan pull into her driveway. A black male knocked on her front door several times while ringing her doorbell. When she yelled, “Who is it,” the male returned to the van and left.

While the deputy was checking the area, he found the van — which was reported stolen out of DeKalb County — left at a home on Secret Gardens that had been burglarized. When the homeowner returned home, she found several items missing, along with her Ford F-150.

Soon after Friday’s burglary in Covington, another attempted burglary was reported in the Double Gate subdivision and lookouts for the white Ford F-150 were given by both CPD and the NCSO.

Shortly after the lookout was given, a burglary in progress was reported on Stoneleigh Road in Rockdale County. The descriptions of the suspects and the vehicle were the same as those in Newton County, said RCSO Cpl. Camp.

“One of our deputies spotted the truck getting on I-20 at West Avenue heading eastbound toward Newton County,” he said. “At that point, he tried to pull the vehicle over, but it ran and eluded him.”

A call soon came in that the tuck was seen exiting the interstate at Almon Road in Newton County and then re-entering the interstate heading westbound back into Rockdale County.

“One of our deputies spotted the truck around Ga. Highway 138 and started chasing them again,” Camp said.

The chase continued into DeKalb County where, as they approached the Turner Hill Road exit, the driver of the truck tried to exit suddenly and the vehicle went over the guardrail and into the woods before it came to a stop, authorities reported.

A female suspect and a male suspect were injured at the scene and were transported to local hospitals. A third suspect, also a female, was booked in the Rockdale County Jail, Camp said.

He said three guns that were reported stolen in the burglaries were recovered at the crash site.

Two other male suspects ran into the woods. Police from Covington, Newton, Rockdale and DeKalb counties had set up a perimeter, using air support and K9 deputies. Sometime around 2:30, the two suspects were found in the woods wearing only their boxer shorts.