After being called to the scene officers discovered that the building had been broken into through the roll-up window and several items had been stolen, including a double grill, plastic tubs of candy, chips and bubble gum, 20-ounce drinks, hamburger patties, hot dogs and a trash can. The value of the items is still being determined.
“As far as I know, we got everything back except for what they ate,” said Jeff Reese, deputy city manager of city services and recreation.
Reese noted that no money was stolen because it is policy that cash registers in the city’s concession stands be left open and empty when there isn’t an event taking place to avoid a potential burglar tearing up the register to get inside.
When the burglary was discovered Saturday morning police were quickly on the scene. Fortunately, there was still dew on the ground and police were able to track some of the suspects back to their house in the Fullerville community. A subsequent search of the house led to the discovery of some of the missing items and interviews led to the names of all of those involved.
“It’s just refreshing to me that we’ve got a police department that cares about things like this because this costs the taxpayers money,” Reese said. “The jumped on it right away and took care of it. It makes us feel good that when things like this happen that they’re going to follow up on it and take care of it.”
Police officers identified three adults and four juveniles as the suspects alleged to have burglarized the concession stands. A large amount of the merchandise was recovered, but some of it is unusable. Police are planning to seek restitution for the missing and damaged items, as well as for the damage to the building caused during the break-in.
The three adults arrested are identified as Joshua Mauldin, 22, Alexander Taylor, 18, and Nick Vigil, 21, all of Villa Rica. Also charged were four juveniles ages 15-16 from both Villa Rica and Temple. The names of the juveniles weren’t released due to their ages.
Though six of the seven were quickly arrested and charged after the burglary, police had been searching for Taylor since Saturday. However, it was discovered he was arrested on Sunday on an unrelated charge and was already in the Carroll County jail. He was charged Tuesday for the Villa Rica burglary.