On Saturday, January 30 in the early morning hours, a trio of burglars were making their rounds when their crime spree was cut short. The three burglars inadvertently broke into a CCSO Deputy’s personal vehicle and were caught shortly afterward.
CCSO Detective Lt. Chris Sharpe was awakened by the sound of a vehicle’s engine near his home and went to investigate. As he alerted CCSO patrol units to the suspicious vehicle in his neighborhood, he learned that a vehicle matching its description had been seen at an earlier burglary.
When the vehicle was stopped, two adult males and one male juvenile were detained. The investigation revealed that all three had been committing vehicle burglaries throughout the night. The case has been turned over to a detective for additional follow-up. As of the time of this release, 8 cases have been linked to these suspects.
Cecil Whitehead, 19, Michael Newton, 19 and Jonathon Eversole, 17 were arrested on charges of burglary, possession of burglary tools and theft. All were booked into the Columbia County Detention Facility with Whitehead’s bond being $76000 and Newton’s Bond being $51000. Eversole will be transferred to Department of Juvenile Justice.
The investigation continues.