By Joe Johnson
Calls from concerned citizens resulted in two felony arrests in as many days, Athens-Clarke County police said.
The first incident occurred early Saturday morning when officers responded to Meigs Street, where a 911 caller reported seeing a black male wearing a blue windbreaker and athletic shorts who was rummaging through their vehicle, according to police.
After spotting a male who fit the caller’s description rummaging through their vehicle on Meigs Street. The area was searched, and officers located a subject matching the caller’s description.
The suspect ran but was caught after a short foot chase, police said.
Rodrick Dontrell Jeff, 20, of Monroe was arrested and charged with entering an automobile with the intent to commit a felony and obstruction of a law enforcement officer.
The second incident occurred at about 10:39 p.m. Sunday when officers responded to a Gail Drive man’s call that he confronted 23-year-old Traquavious Rasheed Hillsman for entering his vehicle, police said.
When officers arrived on the scene, they detained and arrested Hillsman, police said.
In addition to being charged with entering an automobile with the intent to commit a felony, Hillsman was served with two outstanding battery warrants, police said.
In announcing the arrests, police issued a reminder for people to remove all valuables and weapons from their vehicles at night, and to immediately report illegal or suspicious activity.