THIEF ALERTS: Two teens caught breaking into cars; Bath & Body Works hit up hard


Two 17-year-olds were busted shortly after reportedly breaking into multiple vehicles in a local college kid apartment complex.

Jaylen Alexander Boone and Camren Tyrese Burton each was booked at the county jail on charges of entering auto.

The incident occurred around 3:30 Sunday morning in the Prospect Apartments, located on North Columbia Street and closer to the Goodie Gallery. A resident of one of the apartments saw the whole thing and called 911 and gave dispatchers the play-by-play in real time, describing the two men as dressed in all black and wearing ski masks.

The resident stayed on the phone with dispatch until Boone and Burton left in a 2013 Toyota Avalon. A Milledgeville Police Department soon spotted the vehicle, and a traffic stop was initiated on Jefferson Street. A black ski mask was sitting behind the driver's seat, along with a Macbook computer and a book bag. After a series of interviews and further investigation, Boone and Burton were arrested without incident. Boone is a talented football player who was expected to be one of Baldwin High's top playmakers on offense next season.

Meanwhile, Bath & Body Works, now located in the Hobby Lobby/Pickle Barrel shopping center, was targeted by the same shoplifters at least nine times and to the tune of at least $4,500, according to multiple incident reports. A store manager filed the police reports at the request of someone from Hobby Lobby's corporate office after its loss prevention department documented the incidents on store security footage. 

The first documented incident occurred in early December and the last several weeks ago. Each time, the suspects drove away in the same white Chevrolet Malibu, but the cameras "were unable to get the tag."

Something similar happened last year in Texas, when five women ultimately were arrested after reportedly shoplifting roughly $35,000 worth of items from Bath & Body Works. "Three wick candles" apparently are the holy grail for Bath & Body Works shoplifters. "During one month earlier this year, charging documents show the couple stole 352 three-wick candles, which usually sell for around $30," according to the article.

From a merchandise standpoint, this lines up with one of the Milledgeville Police Department incident reports from earlier this month. "Two unknown middle-aged black females entered the location and took approximately 41 candles valued at approximately $1,104.95. (A manager) stated the females were notorious for shoplifting from the store between two to three times a week."

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