Car theft victim pursues suspect | Local news
MOULTRIE, GA – A car theft victim helped deputies from the Colquitt County Sheriff’s Office recover their stolen car.
A vehicle that had been left unlocked in the yard of an auto store on Sylvester Drive was reported stolen on Dec. 3, according to Colquitt County Sheriff’s Office investigator Blake Livings.
“The keys were left inside the vehicle for the victim to collect his vehicle on Friday [Dec. 3]”Livings said in an interview Thursday.” When they came to collect their car it was not there and they quickly reported it as stolen. A few days later the victim received a phone call from a third telling her that she knew where the car was.
The victim’s vehicle was reported near the intersection of Funson-Sale City Road and Tom Smith Road. The victim then called 9-1-1 to relay the information and went out in search of the vehicle, according to Livings.
The victim was driving on Old Doerun Road when she saw the stolen vehicle “coming out of a field crossing Mill Pond Road,” Livings said.
“He then updated the dispatch and continued to track the stolen vehicle,” Livings explained.
Members of the Sheriff’s Office eventually found themselves behind the vehicle in the 3000 block of Sylvester Drive.
“As soon as they noticed the MPs behind them, they destroyed the vehicle in a ditch and started to flee on foot,” Livings said.
The deputies and the victim began to chase the driver and foot passenger.
The driver, Jacob Bowles, 31, from Hahira was arrested nearby as he attempted to forcefully enter a house, according to Livings.
“The passenger (Seth Chitty, 33, 287 Dickerson Road) attempted to escape on foot. He was in fact chased by the victim and tackled. The victim held him back when MPs caught up with the victim and Chitty to place him under arrest, ”Livings said.
After searching the vehicle, MEPs found other stolen items such as a climbing deer, various vehicle batteries and other items.
Bowles and Chitty have both been charged with obstruction and one count of theft by taking. Bowles was also charged with a second count of theft by grab, felony theft by grab and felony of damage to property.
Bowles has already signed a plea agreement with the Colquitt County District Attorney’s Office, according to Livings.
“He accepted a plea agreement to plead guilty to both crimes. He must serve five years probation for the damages charge and 10 years probation for the theft by taking. The two must be served simultaneously, ”said Livings. “It has to be the fastest corner I have ever seen for sure.”