Man suspected in string of vehicle break-ins

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By: Aubrey Brown | WCTV Eyewitness News
January 2, 2019

VALDOSTA, Ga. (WCTV) – A man is behind bars in Valdosta after police linked him to eight separate vehicle break-ins.

The Valdosta Police Department says around 10:45 p.m. Monday, a citizen was walking his dog in the 2100 block of White Oak Drive when he noticed several items laying in the front yard of a home. The man told police there was also a car nearby that had one of its doors open and he believed the items had come from inside.

As officers searched the area they discovered other vehicles that had been broken into, with the owners' belongings stolen.

During the search, officers also located a man who matched the suspect description and was reportedly acting suspiciously. The man, later identified as 32-year-old Jeremy Rhodes, was found to be in possession of numerous pieces of stolen property.

Rhodes was taken to the Lowndes County Jail on eight counts of theft by entering auto. VPD says he may face additional charges as investigators continue to examine identical cases in the surrounding area.

“The Valdosta Police Department is grateful to the private citizen who observed evidence of a crime in his neighborhood and reported it immediately. His assistance helped law enforcement solve several felony cases and he protected his fellow neighbors from becoming additional victims as well," said Lieutenant Adam Bembry.