Updated By: Winnie Wright
February 26, 2014, 5:30pm
Two people are in custody after they stole a woman's car from her apartment complex on Tuesday.
"She woke up and realized her car wasn't there anymore, and she contacted law enforcement," said Lt. Aaron Kirk, Valdosta Police Department.
17-year-old Hughtavius Godfrey and a juvenille are accused of stealing a woman's car on East Park Avenue in Valdosta early Tuesday morning.
According to The Valdosta Police Department, an officer saw the two men in the stolen vehicle near West Gordon Street. When he tried to pull them over, they took off. The officer ultimately found the car abandoned here on the 600 block of Scott Drive.
"We had somebody that saw them walking through a drainage ditch They surrounded the area and located the 2 persons; the 17 year old and the 14 year old. They found multiple items of stolen goods inside the vehicle and of course the vehicle was stolen," continued Lt. Kirk.
The Valdosta Police Department says the woman's Ford Focus was unlocked when it was stolen. VPD also says this arrest is a testament to the new efforts of the police department to cut back on burglaries and break ins in the area.
"This just goes back to having our patrol units focus more on burglaries and burglary prevention. Also, with the 12-hour shifts, we are able to put more officers on the road at once," said Lt. Kirk.
The two suspects are charged with Motor Vehicle Theft, Theft by Receiving Stolen Property, and Theft by Entering a Motor Vehicle.
VPD asks that you report any suspicious activity to 911.
News Release: Valdosta Police Department
On February 25, 2014, Valdosta Police Officer Jason York was on patrol when he attempted to stop a suspicious black in color Ford Focus occupied by two African American males. Upon attempting to stop the vehicle, the suspect vehicle sped off and York later determined the vehicle was stolen from another address in Valdosta (stolen on February 24, 2014 from the 1500 block of East Park Avenue). The vehicle was located at the 800 block of Scott Drive. A perimeter was established by Valdosta Police Officers and a Valdosta Police K-9 Team began to track the area. While conducting this track officers located a 14-year old juvenile who was apprehended and Hughtavius Godfrey, 17 years of age, was also located.
Both offenders were charged with Motor Vehicle Theft, Theft by Receiving Stolen Property (stolen property located from other thefts), and Theft by Entering Motor Vehicle (property was located from a vehicle break-in which occurred on February 24, 2014 at the 1500 block of Baytree Road).
These arrests are part of an increased effort by the Valdosta Police Department to stop burglaries and vehicle break-ins in the city.