February 7th, 2023 – 2:30 PM
Rome News Tribune –
Four people, including two juveniles, were arrested for entering 14 unlocked vehicles in West Rome, Armuchee, and Coosa and stealing items, including several firearms, from inside the cars. The property taken in these thefts included six stolen pistols, $900 in cash as well as illegal drugs.
36-year-old Jason Earl Edwards was arrested Monday and charged with 14 counts of felony entering a motor vehicle to commit a felony and theft by taking from a motor vehicle. 36-year-old Jennifer Gail Johnson (not pictured) was arrested and charged with the same crimes on Friday.
Edwards and Johnson are also charged with contributing to the delinquency of a minor for conspiring and transporting juveniles who committed ten felonies where firearms were stolen. The names of the juveniles involved have not been released.
Another man was arrested in connection with the Edwards arrest. Manuel Alfaro Ochoa, 36, is charged with felony hindering the apprehension of a criminal. He is accused of transporting Edwards while he knew there was an arrest warrant against him.
Police have warned car owners to secure their firearms and lock their doors when they leave their vehicles.