At 2:00am on July 12, 2019, Deputy Gray with the Uniform Patrol Division was talking with a subject on foot in downtown Lithia Springs. During that encounter, he observed a light from a flashlight in the lot behind Simba’s Auto Sales. Based on the nature of the suspected crime in progress, Deputy Gray notified Deputy Regan other units in the area. Deputies converged on the businesses and began searching for the person with the flashlight behind the businesses. Emilio Aceves-Amaya was then located at the Tire Kingz (adjoining business with Simba’s Auto Sales) entering a vehicle in an attempt to leave the business. Deputies detained the suspect while checking the businesses and discovered forced entry to both businesses. Aceves-Amaya was arrested for burglary and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime.
In an unrelated case that happened in the early morning hours of July 17, 2019, Deputy Citizen from the Uniform Patrol Division was patrolling businesses on Veterans Memorial Highway in Lithia Springs when he noticed a vehicle backed-up to the La Proveedora Supermarket storefront. He observed two males wearing hoodies, gloves, and masks concealing their identity. Deputy Citizen activated his emergency lights and the suspects jumped into their vehicle and drove away. Deputies chased the suspect vehicle, a silver Jeep Cherokee, until the vehicle was immobilized on I-20 just east of Thornton Road. Suspect Travon Harrison was taken into custody and at least one additional person evaded arrest after fleeing on foot across the interstate into a wooded area. The other suspect(s) remain at large. The burglars caused several thousand dollars’ in damage to the business and the cash register drawer with approximately $550 dollars that was taken from the store was recovered in the suspect vehicle. Harrison’s bond has been denied.