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Stolen items found in broken down truck in Forsyth County

August 12, 2014
FORSYTH COUNTY, Ga. — Deputies found more than anticipated after investigating a broken down truck on the side of the highway on July 27.

Trina Sosebee, 46, Jeffery Thomas, 42 and Nerene Elliot, 49, were charged with theft by taking and possession of tools for commission of Crime, all misdemeanors, according to Forsyth County Sheriff's incident reports.

Deputies found the three suspects in a broken down red Jeep Grand Cherokee on the side of Ga. 400 just north of Browns Bridge Road.

When approached by deputies, a woman in the driver's seat said the truck needed to rest because it was having issues.

During their conversation, the woman told deputies the truck was reported stolen in Hall County, but it was already located. As deputies tried to locate the truck's VIN number, they found several boxes piled in the back, which the woman said were for a portable awning.

The woman appeared nervous and defensive when she explained where the boxes came from, so deputies put the passengers in investigative detention.

While the woman was being put inside the patrol car, she said she had two knives in each of her front pockets. Deputies searched her and found the top bolt to a padlock that had been cut off.

A search of the truck found a clipboard that contained maintenance records for a Ford van registered to a business in Alpharetta.

Deputies said the boxes were filled with shutters and windows frames and ceiling tile, not a portable awning. They found wire, bolt cutters, gas cans and rain suits among other items.

Deputies later went to Sunsetters, 6845 Shiloh Road, where the van was registered.

Deputies compared pictures to the items found in the truck to those in the business and they were the same.

Sunsetters employees completed an inventory of the store with deputies and found no other items missing. After canvassing the store, deputies found a wooden pallet leaned up against the back wall that divided the bay area form the office area. Deputies said it looked to have been used as a ladder to get into the office where a ceiling tile was missing.

The three suspects were taken to Forsyth County Detention Center.


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    Link to other crimes.
    August 12, 2014 | 10:31 AM

    Lets see what the Forsyth Sheriffs department investegators can do with this one! A simple search will show that these clowns are career criminals. What else have the stolen. They know how to use bolt cutters so they are not first timers.. I want to know where these people sell these items.. The patrol department is hitting it out of the park, but I have yet to see where investigators work to link past crimes to these crooks.. Speaking of which, what is up with our Forsyth county D.A. ? These criminals need to do REAL hard time for stealing from hard working folks.. The mug shots of these idiots clearly show of heavy drug use. This is why we need to bring back hard labor camps! people like this would have a far better and productive life breaking rocks for a few years ...

    Mark Kincade
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    Bolt cutters
    August 13, 2014 | 01:53 PM

    So, let me get this right Mark...B/c someone knows how to use bolt cutters, they are a criminal? I use them everyday for my job.....You're a tool my friend...

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    Bolt cutters
    August 13, 2014 | 01:53 PM

    So, let me get this right Mark...B/c someone knows how to use bolt cutters, they are a criminal? I use them everyday for my job.....You're a tool my friend...

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    46 yrs old?
    August 13, 2014 | 11:23 PM

    Wow. She's 46 yrs old and looks older than my 65 yrs old professor.

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    Josh the tool
    August 14, 2014 | 12:02 PM

    Josh, learn to read! my post clearly stated these people have a criminal background. Why do you think we have laws that are geared toward "possession of burglary tools" for. If you are convicted of past theft crimes, maybe you shouldn't have a job where you use bolt cutters every day. Don't be a tool Josh, If you have past criminal theft convictions, and work with bolt cutters its more or less like a member of AA trying to get a job in a bar. Do you drive around with bolt cutters in your vehicle ? I myself have a pare that I have used in the past, guess what. They never had a need to leave my garage ! Not many people have a need to travel around with bolt cutters and that alone meets probable cause in most cases I have ever seen, AS IT SHOULD. Just because you work at home depot and cut cable every day don't mean you need to drive around with bolt cutters. I worked on a drilling rig for 14 years and we would deal with cable and iron all day long, guess how many times I used bolt cutters, ZERO . If you are driving around with NO teeth, and a face that looks like it got beat with the ugly stick due to drug use, and you have a ton of "what don't fit in this picture" in the back of your truck and I see bolt cutters! Guess what, I'm going to investigate . Lets see how you feel when you have had several thousands of dollars of personal property stolen Josh . If I've ever seen a human tool Josh, you foot the bill with a show of no common sense . Stop trying to make excuses for criminals you tool ...

    Mark Kincade
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    46 Years Old
    August 14, 2014 | 01:41 PM

    Yep, this is what a life of crime looks like. Where do you think people on drugs get the money for this stuff ? We all see these people around town and think to ourselves they don't hurt any body its a victimless crime. And by that thought I guess you think that level of drug use is cheap ? Honestly, has anyone EVER stopped to think where these people come up with money to support their habit ? How many toothless, no hair, crusty people do you see behind the check out counter ? Drugs drive criminal theft, its that simple. My issue is that our sheriffs department "detectives" are content on drug busts and never digs to get restitution for the people that these drug users steal from. I looked up criminal records for these three losers and this was not their first rodeo by a long shot. I have the up most respect for our patrol officers, detention officers and it basically stops there. Our DA and detectives need a kick in the seat of their britches .

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