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.