Three Henry County men were arrested early Wednesday morning for allegedly prowling in the area of Union Church Road and stealing items from a Comcast van.
Deputies were responding to a call about a suspicious vehicle and attempted to stop the suspects' van after following it into Arbor Cove Subdivision, where the van abruptly stopped and the three suspects fled into the woods.
After tracking the suspects for several hours through the woods, the men were found covered in mud and wet in a nearby subdivision.
Arrested were Mark Holt, 25, and Robert Hartmann, 36, both of Locust Grove, and Anthony Walker, 31, of McDonough.
Holt was allegedly carrying a backpack containing white batting gloves, a ski mask, screw drivers and a knife. According to the police report, deputies also allegedly located tool bags, lawn equipment, a .27 caliber rifle and an empty AK-47 magazine in the suspects' van.
While searching for the suspects, a deputy discovered a Comcast work van with the doors open located at a residence on Union Church Road and called the owner, who confirmed a tool belt with tools was missing from his van.
Hartmann, who was wearing camouflage when he was arrested, was charged with theft by taking, entering an auto and obstruction of law enforcement officers. He was also charged with interference with government property for allegedly hitting his head on the wall and busting through the drywall at the jail.
Walker was charged with entering an auto, theft by taking, and obstruction of law enforcement officers and Holt was charged with entering an auto, theft by taking, possession of tool to commit a crime, and obstruction of officers.