Clarkesville - The Habersham County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Division has completed its investigation into the August 29, 2019 entering autos and vehicle theft incidents that occurred in the Woodcrest Subdivision off of Rennie Hames Road in Clarkesville, Georgia.
Working in conjunction with the Dekalb County Police Department, the Hall County Sheriff’s Office, the Greene County Sheriff’s Office, the Pickens County Sheriff’s Office, the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office, the Canton Police Department, the G.B.I. Gang Task Force and the ATF, Habersham County Sheriff’s Office investigators have been able to identify two juveniles and one adult suspect responsible for the crimes committed in Woodcrest Subdivision. These same suspects are also part of a larger criminal street gang subset known as Bloxk Rixh (Block Rich). There is additional evidence proving that members of this gang are also responsible for similar crimes that were committed in Hall County, Greene County, Pickens County, and Dekalb County during this same time frame.
As a result of the investigation, both vehicles stolen from Habersham County have been recovered, and Habersham County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigators are in the process of obtaining juvenile complaints or arrest warrants against the suspects for the following violations of Georgia law:
1 count O.C.G.A. 16-8-2 Felony Theft By Taking - Firearm (Penalty – 2-20 years incarceration upon successful prosecution)
2 counts O.C.G.A. 16-8-2 Felony Theft By Taking – Motor Vehicle (Penalty – 2-20 years incarceration upon successful prosecution)
36 counts O.C.G.A. 16-15-4 Georgia Street Gang Terrorism Act (Penalty – 2-20 years incarceration upon successful prosecution)
5 counts O.C.G.A. 16-8-18 Felony Entering Auto (Penalty – 1-5 years incarceration upon successful prosecution)
1 count O.C.G.A. 16-7-1 Burglary (Penalty – 1-20 years incarceration upon successful prosecution)
In total, 90 juvenile complaint charges and 45 arrest warrants are being taken against the three suspects.
“I want to commend the members of my criminal investigations staff who worked this case for their diligence and persistence in identifying the perpetrators and gathering evidence to solve these crimes. It is of great concern to me that armed criminals with strong gang affiliations would be bold enough to travel from the Atlanta area to our county and other counties in this region to commit crimes. The mere thought of the potential violence that these thugs could bring upon our citizens is incomprehensible. That is why the Habersham County Sheriff’s Office is taking a stand and charging these criminals with every possible violation of criminal law available. Our message is meant to be very clear – In Habersham County, we refuse to let criminal street gangs invade our community. You will be caught and you will be held fully accountable for your actions.” – Sheriff Joey Terrell.