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Four arrested for 250 car break-ins, one still on the run

Brandon Brown is still on the loose. If you know of his whereabouts call area police. (Source: Harris County Sheriff's Office) Brandon Brown is still on the loose. If you know of his whereabouts call area police. (Source: Harris County Sheriff's Office)
Stacy Goad - (Source: Harris County Sheriff's Office) Stacy Goad - (Source: Harris County Sheriff's Office)
Michael Dowling - (Source: Harris County Sheriff's Office) Michael Dowling - (Source: Harris County Sheriff's Office)
Brian Fleming - (Source: Harris County Sheriff's Office) Brian Fleming - (Source: Harris County Sheriff's Office)
Haley Stone  - (Source: Harris County Sheriff's Office) Haley Stone - (Source: Harris County Sheriff's Office)

By Laura Ann Sills - email

HARRIS COUNTY, GA (WTVM) - About a month ago, reports of stolen credit cards and car break-ins began to roll in to the Harris County Sheriff's Office.

Just Tuesday, a multi-county investigation closed most of these cases and led police in 4 counties to make 4 arrests.

Investigators explained, "We have been working with Phenix City, Russell County, Lee County, Columbus PD, as well as agencies in Atlanta because some of the stolen credit cards were used there."

It all started when the suspects were caught on tape using stolen credit cards at several stores. A stolen black Jeep Grand Cherokee was also on police radar.

Early this week, Columbus Police pulled over Stacy Goad in the Jeep, and arrested her.

Interviews and further investigation led to the arrest of her boyfriend, Brian Fleming, Michael Dowling, and Haley Stone. 

"There are about 250 entering autos that they are responsible for in this area," said Glenn Presley of the Harris County Sheriff's Office, "There is strong evidence they are using meth and this is what they are doing to provide for their habit."

The hope is that with these suspects in jail, the number of car break-ins will decline.

As simple as it sounds, police say you can protect yourself from becoming a victim by locking your car.  "A lot of times what they were doing was not actually knocking the window out.  They were checking car doors and vehicles that they found that were unlocked or unsecured, those were the vehicles they went in," said Presley.

Investigators are looking for a fifth and final suspect -- Brandon Brown. If you know of his whereabouts call the Harris County Sheriff's Office or local police.

News Leader 9 is following this story. We'll bring you the latest information as soon as it becomes available.

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