By: Noelani Mathews | WCTV Eyewitness News
March 12, 2018
THOMASVILLE, Ga. (WCTV) -- Thomasville Police responded to a call Sunday regarding two males entering a parked car at the Gateway Shopping Center. TPD says the victim called 911 around midnight after witnessing the break-in.
Police were able to arrest 17-year-old Devin Willis, who was trying to escape into the woods behind Hardees.
"Getting that information out quickly and as accurately as he did, that helped us in this case tremendously," says Sgt. Toby Knifer.
Sgt. Knifer says they were able to recover a gun Willis stole from the vehicle.
TPD says most importantly, they were able to take another repeat offender off the streets. According to the police department, Willis has a lengthy criminal history and was just released on bond. He was recently arrested for a similar crime at the local YMCA.
"They're getting pretty out of hand," says Maria Valdez, a local shopper.
Monday, shoppers say they feel like they have to check over their shoulders wherever they go. They say they just want to spend time with family and friends without having to worry about their car or the items inside.
Valdez says she sees the issue everywhere, even in Moultrie, where her sister's car was recently broken into.
"I feel like that does cause fear for a lot of people," says Valdez. "Just to know wherever you could be that somebody could be looking at your car and what you've got inside."
Thomasville Police say they're seeing a problem with teens breaking-in or stealing items from cars, but that it's better than a few months ago.
Officers are still looking for Willis' partner in crime that got away on Sunday. They're encouraging residents to continue locking their cars and reporting any suspicious activity.