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Multiple Arrests Made in Hamilton Mill Car Break-ins

Dacula High School and Mountain View High student among those arrested. Several juveniles also facing charges.

Four Dacula teens are in jail after being charged in connection with several Hamilton Mill car break-ins and more charges are possible police say.

Christopher Walter Kraweic, 19, of 740 Roland Manor Drive in Dacula and Duncan Agustus Grove, 18, of 2061 Amberly Crossing Lane in Dacula were arrested early on July 28 along with student Stephen Larry Wayne Griffin, 17, of 733 Bartow Drive, Dacula. A four suspect, Mountain View High School student Nathan Best, 17, of 1411 Fairbrooke Court in Dacula, surrendered to police later that day. Each of the four suspects are currently charged with four counts of entering auto.

Police say the four teens broke into several cars in the Hamilton Mill subdivision between the hours of 4 p.m. on Wednesday, July 27 and 6 a.m. on Thursday, July 28.

According to Gwinnett County Police Department public information officer Cpl. Jake Smith, officers were on patrol in the Dacula subdivision when they saw a suspicious vehicle.

“Upon looking into it, they saw what could possibly be items stolen from cars,” Smith said. “They’d been made well aware of the problems we’ve been having in the area with entering autos.”

Inside the vehicle, officers could see a number of cell phones and GPS units, more than a normal amount for one vehicle, Smith added.

Officers staked out the vehicle and eventually saw four young men approach the car. When officers attempted to make contact, the teens fled.

Several hours later, a concerned citizen in Dacula’s Belfaire subdivision called after seeing four teenage boys sleeping at a picnic table in the neighborhood common area.

“The officers responded there and then took three of those suspects into custody,” Smith said. Best, the fourth suspect, eluded capture but surrendered to authorities later that day. The teens had traveled several miles on foot from the scene of the entering autos.

“The distance between where the crimes actually occurred and where they were ultimately discovered and arrested, was about eight miles and that’s by road,” Smith said. “Presumably they ran not on the road but through the woods and across golf courses and things like that. They covered several miles on foot.”

Authorities believe the suspects were trying to reach the home of one of the teens.

“At this time, each of those four have been charged with four counts of entering auto and a fifth one is under active investigation as we speak and the possibility of several more charges is also under investigation,” Smith said. “[Investigators] are basically going to take every report that they’ve had in the area for the past several months and compare it with these cases and see if anything matches up as far as evidence, descriptions and then of course whatever it is the suspects have to offer up themselves.”

Smith credited the alert Belfaire resident with potentially helping resolve dozens of unsolved cases of entering auto.

“I think the citizens in that area have taken this problem to heart,” Smith said. “It’s a very nice community, generally a very safe community, and they really are intolerant of that kind of activity in their community which is fantastic.”

Police have held at least -- in an attempt to educate residents about the problem and what they can do to avoid becoming a victim of crime.

“In this particular case, the citizen didn’t see these young men really doing anything but loitering, but she felt it suspicious enough in her mind to call in to the police and we think that’s fantastic. We would encourage any other citizens to do the same,” Smith said. “The concerned citizen in this case led directly to these cases being solved.”

The four arrests follow another set of arrests earlier this week. According to Smith, four 15-year-olds have also been charged with breaking into cars in Hamilton Mill. Details regarding those arrests are not currently available. Investigators are working to determine how many Hamilton Mill car break-ins may have been committed by those arrested and whether the incidents are connected to any other Dacula area entering autos.

In each of the four car break-ins reported Thursday night, the victims had left their vehicles unlocked. In three of the cases, GPS units were taken. Smith said officers were able to locate the victims by using the data stored in the GPS units.

Police encourage citizens to secure all valuables and keep car doors locked.

Kraweic, Grove, Griffin and Best remain in the Gwinnett County Detention Center. Bond for each teen has been set at $77,800.

Cal Jr December 16, 2012 at 08:08 AM
I personally know all four kids and their families. All but one was raised with good, moral parents. Being a teenager in dacula is actually remarkably better than most places in the USA. And carhopping, while quite immoral, is quite preventable. Lock your car and the situation is averted. Also, none of these kids were sentenced to any time in jail. All they received was a slight slap on the wrist. More likely than not this is quite fair because any jail time would result in failing high school and the destruction of their lives. I hear cries for justice but more than likely most of these guys will grow out of the phase and become productive members of society. That is generally the way it goes. Because the promotion of these sort of acts through the culture, the weak minded can be drawn to these activities. So I think justice is done by how it was handled. Also, to the numerous responders who commented in ignorance and fear, lock your car doors and reach far down into your ass and pull your head out.
Cal Jr December 16, 2012 at 08:11 AM
Also, this has nothing to do with church. It seems as though the people who mention anything around church as the problem with society are the people with the least knowledge of the inner workings of the human mind and are incompetent in social affairs.
Cynthia Montgomery December 17, 2012 at 03:46 AM
Cal Jr. It is a proven scientific fact that there is indeed a part of the brain that "lights up" when praying. Some people's brain is larger than others in this area. In society, breaking the law or being lawless is a result of not having a moral inner compass that tell you this is right or this is wrong. Churches teach this lesson & that is why people speak about churches. If your family teaches morals, right from wrong, & it has been indoctrinated into you as a child, the chances are it will carry with you throughout your life unless you have a follower personality. Any parent can tell you if their child is a leader or a follower. In order for a leader to lead, he must have followers, hence the new thugs that everyone is saying are "good kids". Thugs love to hear the cry, "They are just kids only 18!" I don't know any children that can vote, drive, go to war, or be on a jury. To say, "Lock your doors, it is your fault, they robbed because you left your door open, is like saying rape is not the rapists fault because a boy or girl is walking in the park or shopping in the mall. That logic allows a person to feel safe by saying, They were at fault, & I won't ever have that happen to me because I lock my doors. I had a neighbor that had their roof sliced 3x & their radio stolen-doors locked! The leader of this gang had been arrested before for this same crime If your son has become a follower of this leader, God help you and your man son for his childhood is OVER!
Tori March 02, 2013 at 08:20 AM
Guess what Cynthia? These boys are turning their lives around right now, but good job on being extremely judgmental & not believing in second chances for anyone. Good job on attacking anyone who even tried to stand up for those boys. They're actually making something of themselves. Sorry to disappoint you but they're not "THUGS" they're good kids & if you'd open your eyes a little bit & look past your ridiculous world, you might be able to see that. "Let whoever is without sin cast the first stone"..well, cast your stone Cynthia. Since you're so definitely sinless.
Mr. B March 02, 2013 at 01:42 PM
I only know one of these boys through my law firm. Regular visits to my law firm. Very regular visits to my law firm.

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