Three state crime spree passes through Valdosta, ends in Tennessee
Five men have been arrested and face multiple charges in three states after being arrested in Tennessee.
Valdosta police say that the incident started for them on August 15 after reports of multiple cars had items stolen from them at the Drury Inn on North Saint Augustine Road.
The day afterwards, VPD received a phone call from Coffee County Tennessee law enforcement after five men fleeing police in a stolen vehicle from Florida were arrested.
Those men have been identified as 18-year-old Miguel James Harvey of Sunrise, Florida, 20-year-old Karvis Christian David of Coral Springs, Florida, 19-year-old Dean Hyatt of Margate, Florida. Two teens under the age of 18 were also arrested.
All five were caught after a school resource officer saw an SUV with Florida registration traveling at a high rate of speed near the main entrance of Coffee County Central High School in Tennessee. The officer tried to pull the SUV over, but it accelerated and weaved into traffic reported FOX 17. The SUV stopped awhile later and all the men fled the scene, but were caught shortly thereafter.
When officers searched the SUV, they reported finding several firearms including one belonging to a Brunswick, Georgia police officer, computers and ammunition. Once they began checking serial numbers, several of the numbers came back flagged to cases in Valdosta.
As the investigation continued, a television and laptop stolen from the Drury Inn incident were found a pawn shop in Byron, Georgia.
According to VPD, three of the men have confessed to leaving Fort Lauderdale on August 14 in the stolen vehicle, traveling up I-95 to Brunswick while stopping to break into the officers car. They then traveled down I-84 to Valdosta and broke into multiple cars. They then traveled up I-75 stopping to pawn some items to Byron, went to Augusta to visit family and then were caught in Tennessee.
Valdosta police say that over $10,000 in stolen items was recovered leading to a total of 50 arrest warrants being signed for the group.
For their crimes in Valdosta, the two teens, David and Harvey face multiple counts of felony theft from vehicle and misdemeanor criminal trespass. Hyatt also faces multiple charges of felony theft from vehicle and misdemeanor criminal trespass vandalism.
For their crimes in Tennessee, Hyatt, Harvey and David are charged with evading arrest, resisting/halt/frisk/stop or search (non-violent), theft of property, adult contributing to delinquency of a child and unlawful carrying or possession of weapon. The charges for the two teens have not been released at this time.
Valdosta police say that they some of the men will be charged with crimes in other jurisdictions.
“The many hours of investigative work by our detectives and the many other agencies involved are to be commended. The Valdosta Police Department recognizes the excellent work by the Coffee County officers in Tennessee for their assistance in this case,” said Lieutenant Adam Bembry.