Crew busted for string of car break-ins

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HARRIS COUNTY, GA (WTVM) -  Shawn Tirrell, Jimmy Dubberly, John Harrison and Joshua Ford all face a laundry list of charges in a series of local car break-ins.

And for these four men, police say the crimes were all part of a day's work.

"It was actually a business for them. They were doing it as a job- entering vehicles and taking out property," said Harris County Sheriff Mike Jolley.

Officials say the men have been busy, driving from Columbus to Harris County and hitting subdivisions in Fortson for the past 45 days.

The Sheriff says they broke into car in driveways at night while the owners were inside their homes asleep.

According to authorities, they stole between $20,000 and $25,000 worth of goods all with the help of walkie-talkies.

"They'd say, 'I'm taking it out of the car, it's behind the tree, come pick it up. Now, I'm further down. I'm on the other side of the street or on the next street over'- just where they were, where to pick them up, where the property was for the driver to come pick up behind the tree," Jolley explained.

He says some of the stolen items were Christmas gifts and that pictures of the stolen goods were found in the suspects cell phones.

He thinks this might be just the start of the investigation.

"We also believe that they were doing the same thing in the northern part of Muscogee County, some parts of Phenix City, Russell County, and Lee County. We believe that this is just what they were doing for a living. Then, they were getting rid of the property in some of the flea markets that are in our area."

All four suspects are being held in the Harris County Jail.

Harris County investigators say they are also identifying other victims in the case.

They tell WTVM more warrants may be pending on people in possession of some of the stolen goods.

Harris County Sheriff Mike Jolley is urging folks to be more cautious- lock their cars and take their property inside.

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