A Sylvania man witnesses saw trying to break into a car is behind bars after Sylvania police identified him, police reports indicate.
Ryan Timothy Patrick, 22, of Mock Street, is linked to at least three separate entering auto incidents, including one in which a Bible was reported stolen, according to reports from Sylvania Police Lt. Tony Taylor.
On Saturday, a Sylvan Heights woman reported that $30 in change and a phone charger were stolen from her car. On the same day, a man at Harvey’s Supermarket on Mims Road pulled into the parking lot and saw a man crouching near a car. He saw the suspect push on the car window and flee to the woods nearby, according to reports.
The witness then noticed the car window shattered and notified employees inside the store. Responding officers spoke to the car’s owner, who said a Bible was missing. Concrete dust and debris was found around and inside the car, leading officers to deduce that the suspect, later identified as Patrick, used concrete pieces to shatter the window.
On Sunday, a patron of Chilitos Mexican Grill on West Ogeechee Street reported a car window shattered. Concrete was found on the car, reports state.
Video collected from the grocery store and other evidence, including information from a man at a local motel who said Patrick had asked about a room, led officers to identify Patrick and link him to the incidents, according to reports.
Police located Patrick and charged him with multiple counts of entering auto and criminal attempt to enter an automobile, Taylor said.
The case remains under investigation and further charges are possible. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Sylvania Police Department at (912) 564-2056.
Holli Deal Bragg may be reached at (912) 489-9414.