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Porterdale police arrest suspect in car break-ins, arson
Curtis Smith

PORTERDALE, Ga. - The Porterdale Police Department (PPD) has arrested a Porterdale man suspected of damaging houses, breaking into a car and setting one car on fire earlier this month.

According to the PPD incident report, Curtis Smith, 22, was arrested June 22 by PPD investigator Corporal Charles Cook after an interview about multiple incidents. Smith was reportedly seen all over the city the night the homes and vehicles were damaged.

According to several PPD reports, the damage includes a broken off driver’s side door handle, multiple incidents of car windows being broken with rocks, bricks and a cinder block, radio antennas being broken, windows in homes being broken with rocks and arson.

Smith was transported to the Newton County Jail charged with 10 counts of misdemeanor criminal trespass, one felony count of entering auto, one felony count of arson and one felony count of criminal damage to property.