Three teens suspected of being involved in at least four separate vehicle break-ins were apprehended at Newton Medical Center after one was found with a chisel in his pocket, according to a Covington Police Department report.
Javonte Vinja Lee, 17, of Morrow, William Hall Morrow, 17, of Stone Mountain, and one juvenile were reported loitering around Newton Medical Center around 7:30 a.m.
When police approached the three, Lee stated they were cousins visiting their aunt on Jack Neely Road and had walked to the hospital to call for a taxi.
Earlier, a caller reported they had come into the hospital to ask for their aunt, but no one by that name was checked in.
Officers found nine compact discs in the front pocket of the juvenile, a Newton County Library pamphlet with phone numbers in Morrow's pocket, and a yellow Stanley chisel in Lee's back pocket during a consented search.
They also learned from dispatchers that the three were run-aways from Project Adventure, a program which targets troubled or at risk youth.
Morrow and the juvenile admitted they were not related and they had escaped from Project Adventure around 4 p.m. on Thursday. Lee maintained he was from Atlanta and claimed he did not know what Project Adventure was.
The teens were taken in for questioning because several car break-ins were reported over night, four of which had chisel marks on the steering column in an apparent attempt to get to the ignition.
One break-in was reported around 6:30 a.m. of a 1998 Honda Accord on Wellington Ridge Drive that had a broken window and damage to the radio.
Another 1998 Honda Accord also on Wellington Ridge Drive was reported at 6:55 a.m. with a busted rear window and a missing laptop computer. There was reportedly damage to the ignition switch.
Around 7 a.m., a resident reported his radio was missing from his 1994 Mercury Grand Marquis on Collins Street.
A car break-in on Hazelbrand Drive was reported around 7:30 a.m. with damage to the ignition switch of a 2001 Econoline van and 2005 Econoline van. Both vans also had broken windows.
Lee was charged with possession of tools for the commission of a crime and obstruction of officers. Morrow was held for the juvenile apprehension order and the juvenile was taken to juvenile intake.