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Stolen Beer Leads to Three-County Chase

Victim followed beer thieves through Gwinnett, Barrow and Jackson counties.

A Dacula woman took action upon realizing two males had stolen beer out of her garage refrigerator.

On Sept. 4, the victim was inside her home when she heard a noise in the garage. The woman stepped out into her open garage and saw two males walking away carrying beer bottles. According to the victim, the suspects took a total of 15 beers before leaving the scene in a 2008 gray Chevrolet Tahoe bearing Georgia tag TZ8594.

The victim said she drove around her neighborhood looking for the Tahoe. The woman eventually located the vehicle in the subdivision. At that point, the suspects reportedly left in the vehicle at a high rate of speed. The victim said she followed the vehicle through Gwinnett, Barrow and Jackson counties before breaking off pursuit.

The victim said she is willing to prosecute, but advised that she did not see the suspects’ faces.

The case is listed as active.

Gary Fox September 14, 2011 at 01:19 AM
Plz explain to me how one vehicle can "chase" another across three counties & NOT be seen by police somewhere along the way??? Most people that speed in any one of those three counties will encounter police, somewhere sooner or later. Doesn't seem plausible.
Courtney McFarland September 14, 2011 at 12:02 PM
This exact same thing took place a few days before that. My neighbor was inside her house and heard someone in her garage. She walked out to find three teens walking down her driveway with beer from her garage refrigerator. She drove around Hamilton Mill and found them still in the neighborhood. When they realized she was following them they took off. Got on 85 and were going well over 100mph. All the while my neighbor was chasing them while on the phone with the police. They eventually got off 85 and the only reason my neighbor stopped chasing them was because she missed the name of one of the streets they turned on and so she turned around so she could get the name for the police. Never once did she pass a cop and she was on the phone with them. They did find these teens and they admitted to stealing the beer and said they were looking for other houses with refridgerators in the garage in hopes of finding more beer. Just saying it is possible for one vehicle to chase another for a decent amount of time and not encounter the police.
Mitch September 14, 2011 at 04:21 PM
I'm not sure what kind of beer this was but 15 beers is probably no more than what $10-$15? How much gas did she use chasing them around not to mention the risks involved. This woman sure loves her beer! I can respect that.
Courtney McFarland September 15, 2011 at 01:43 AM
I don't think the beer is the issue here. I think it's the fact that there are people these days who have no respect for others. I'm not sure where in Dacula this particular lady lives but I know here in Hamilton Mill there is a big problem with people stealing from others. My neighbor chased the teens because we are all sick and tired of all the crime taking place here.
Mitch September 15, 2011 at 02:05 PM
I agree Courntey, I was just being a little facetious. Unfortunately we are living in a place and a time where we must keep our windows and doors closed and locked even when we are home. Crime is everywhere and anyone can fall victim so we all must be constantly aware and alert, not only for our own property but that of our neighbors. As I drank my beer last night out on my deck I handcuffed the bottle to my wrist just in case!
Courtney McFarland September 16, 2011 at 01:25 AM
Can never be too careful Mitch ;-) Watch your beer!
Kristi Reed (Editor) September 19, 2011 at 02:58 PM
Hi Bruce - If you have information about the case, you can call the non-emergency GCPD line at 770-513-5100.

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