Mother, teenage son arrested in robberies using golf cart

by: Carl Willis Updated:

PEACHTREE CITY, Ga.,None - Four people, including a 17-year-old and his  39-year-old mother, have been arrested in connection with a string of vehicle burglaries in Peachtree City.

Police said the arrests cleared dozens of vehicle burglary cases that date back to midsummer.

"So, far we have over 40 cases that we've been able to clear and over 70 different counts of entering autos," said Capt. Stan Pye of the Peachtree City police.

Police said Bobby McDougal, 17, Malcolm McLachlan, also 17, and a juvenile would  take a stolen golf cart across town, ditch it, break into cars, and then steal another cart to get away.


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Police said McDougal's mom got involved when she worked to hide the stolen property and went so far as to look into selling the items on Craigslist and eBay.

"We all thought it was teenagers just having fun trying to get extra cash, but with the mom being involved it's a little unnerving," neighbor Tavia Dillon said.

Investigators spent the day sorting through a room full of stolen GPS units, laptops, iPods and handguns.

Tracy Bell told Channel 2's Carl Willis that her husband had a computer, a camera and a GPS taken from his truck.

"They were really hitting it hard in this neighborhood; I think they got at least 15 in this neighborhood," Bell said.

Police said thieves have been stealing from cars and taking golf carts in Peachtree City neighborhoods for months.

That stopped when a victim found someone in his car on Oct. 23.

Police said he was able to get a good description for police. Arrests were made later that night.

Now, police want to know if anyone has bought anything from this group so they can return it to the rightful owners.


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