Dakota Lee Bennefield, 18, Jonathan Scott Lucas, 18, and Jesse Caleb Newby, 17, were arrested Sept. 27. Their charges could conceivably be 36 counts each of entering an auto or other motor vehicle with the intent of a felony.
The crimes occurred between the hours of 1 a.m. to 4:30 a.m. Sept. 26, and before the day was over, the sheriff’s department received entering auto reports from 23 separate locations.
Bennefield had a busy week, appearing in Jones County Superior Court for plea day Sept. 24. He was indicted in August for the charge of carrying a weapon on school property after a knife was found in his vehicle. Assistant District Attorney Keagan Goodrich told the court during the Sept. 24 session that the case would be placed on dead docket and the charge would be dropped if Bennefield stayed out of trouble.
Jones County Sheriff’s Investigator Sgt. Kenny Gleaton said the first call received about the Sept. 26 crime spree was from a homeowner on Chapman Ridge Drive who heard a noise and saw two white males entering his vehicle. The officer said the homeowner confronted the men, and they jumped in a car driven by a third man.
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