Gwinnett PD seek help in identifying would be car thief suspects

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Gwinnett County Police Department report that two men and one juvenile have been charged with attempting to steal motor vehicles from a Gwinnett County vehicle storage lot and at least two other suspects are still being sought.

According to Cpl. Michele Pihera, public information officer with GCPD, the call came into the 911 Center at about 3 a.m. in the early morning of Thursday, March 16. She said a commercial vehicle driver had arrived at the storage lot to pick up a delivery of vehicles and noticed there was no guard at the gate. While waiting for the guard, he saw two Chevrolet Camaros headed his way. They turned around when the saw him and the guard subsequently arrived, but the driver called 911 when he considered the guard’s actions suspicious.

When officers arrived, the guard, Terance Hampton, 22, of Dacula, claimed everything was OK. His guard was parked nearby and Alexandru Barna, 20, also of Dacula, was inside. The two camaros were still being driven in the parking lot, but when the officers arrived several men described as black males got out the vehicles and ran, one jumping the barb-wire fence before running into the wood. AK9 officer was brought in and officers began a search. A juvenile male came out of the woods and surrendered. At the end of the investigation, police report that Hampton, Barna and the juvenile were all associated with the attempt to steal the motor vehicles.

“At least two other males are still unidentified.  Hampton and Barna were arrested at the scene and transported to the Gwinnett County Jail.  They have both been charged with Criminal Attempt to Commit a Crime.  The juvenile was also charged, though he was released to a parent,” Pihera said.

If anyone has any information to share in this case or the identities of the two remaining suspects, you are asked to contact GCPD detectives at 770-513-5300.  To remain anonymous, tipsters should contact Crime Stoppers at 404-577-TIPS (8477) or visit www.crimestoppersatlanta.org.  You can also text your tip to “Crimes” (274637).  Crime Stoppers tipsters can receive up to $2,000 for information leading to an arrest and indictment in this case.  Case Number:  17-023990

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