Entering auto suspect crashes stolen car, facing laundry list of charges

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A city officer was on patrol Sunday night and spotted a little green Ford hatchback with two bumper stickers in the Wray Homes/West End projects, less than a mile away from where a little green Ford hatchback with two bumper stickers had been reported stolen the previous day.

A chase ensued through town and continued down Irwinton Road, where the driver eventually crashed into a utility pole near the intersection with Allen Memorial Drive. Detained and sent off to the RYDC were two juveniles, while arrested and booked at the Baldwin County jail was Amarion Lashawn Simmons. Simmons is 17.

Also recovered were three handguns, two of which were stolen, according to investigators.

The Milledgeville Police Department didn't hold back on the charges, and there were 17 counts in all. Simmons was charged with three counts of theft by receiving, three counts of financial transaction card fraud, one count of felony theft by receiving, one count of reckless driving, two counts of entering auto, one count of possession of a pistol/revolver by a person under 18, one count of possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime, one count of driving without a license, as well as several other traffic violations.

As of Wednesday afternoon, Simmons and the two juveniles remained suspects in the slew of car break-ins last Friday night and early Saturday morning. Along with the stolen green hatchback on Matheson Road, three entering autos were reported at 280 East Charlton Street, located across from the old Dairy Lane/Church's Chicken on the opposite side of town. The thief/thieves struck gold in one of the vehicles, finding two handguns and a bottle of prescription medication, according to an incident report. Another entering auto was reported at The Station on McIntosh student apartments, located between the Huddle House and Doles Boulevard. In The Grove student apartment complex, meanwhile, an entering auto also was reported. Also, a trucker reported an entering auto on his big rig that'd been parked in the 430 block of Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard near the American Legion.

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