Cobb and Smyrna Police investigation helps nab suspects in local auto break ins

Earlier this week, the Cobb County and Smyrna police departments gave a press conference on a joint investigation into a slew of overnight auto break ins at fire stations. The Federal Bureau of Investigations was also involved and, between the agencies, they were able to develop two suspects, Elisha Ross, 25,  and Ayana Forest, 22, both of Lawrenceville. According to Cobb County and Smyrna police, further investigation revealed that the same two suspects were connected to numerous entering autos, particularly at fire stations in several other jurisdictions, including in Gwinnett County, Walton County and the City of Social Circle.

Detectives report that the two were involved in entering more than 160 vehicles, in more than 44 locations in a total of 17 different counties.  They also are accused of stealing more than 40 firearms since January 2017. The jurisdictions impacted by their alleged crime spree were Cobb, Smyrna, Powder Springs, Acworth, Alpharetta, Cartersville, Douglas, Forsyth, Gwinnett, Bartow, Lawrenceville, Paulding, Spalding, Clayton, Griffin, Henry, Lamar, Peachtree City, Rockdale, Roswell, Social Circle, and Walton. The two were arrested on July 27 in Lawrenceville by the Cobb County Sheriff’s Office Fugitive Unit, the U.S. Marshals Service Southeast Regional Task Force and Gwinnett police.

Gwinnett Police had assisted with search warrants prior to the arrests and, according to Gwinnett police reports, they had already had run ins with the two a couple of days before when responding to the report of theft in Lawrenceville. The male ran and police later found Forest in the passenger seat of a rented vehicle parked in the area. She allegedly told police she was the driver, but was in the passenger seat because she had been sleeping. She was charged with loitering and possession of marijuana.

Forest was released, but re-arrested along with Ross on July 27. She is currently being held at the Gwinnett County Jail without bond on felony charges including entering auto, racketeer influence and corrupt organizations act (RICO) and burglary. Police say more charges are likely. Ross is currently being held at the Cobb County Adult Detention Center without bond on felony charges that include entering auto, RICO and burglary. More charges also are likely.

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