Tyler Ray Cook, 32, of Bowdon was arrested on March 28 and charged with five counts of burglary, forgery, possession of cocaine, fleeing and attempting to elude, criminal trespass and several traffic violations.
According to Carroll County Sheriff Terry Langley, Cook began a string of burglaries on March 24 when he stole a generator in Polk County.
During the investigation of Cook, Langley said that generator was found. Starting around 10 p.m., Cook started robbing businesses in Bowdon, including Rollins Automotive, Mattress Junction, Yates Furniture, Doug Brooks Insurance and Liberty Baptists Church, where a 32-inch television was taken, according to the sheriff’s report. Langley said at the other locations cash and company checks were taken.
Cook allegedly cashed two of those checks, which were forged. Langley said one was cashed in Bremen and one was cashed in Carrollton.
On March 26, which is also the day the sheriff’s office obtained an arrest warrant for Cook, he allegedly stole an air compressor, a weed eater and a chain saw from a house on Readesville Road in the Bowdon area. When spotted by Bowdon police, Cook allegedly led them on a car chase, eventually losing officers.
Last Thursday, Cook allegedly burglarized a house in Alabama and cashed three checks from there in Anniston, Ala. Langley said the sheriff’s office found out Cook would be coming back through the area. That afternoon deputies tried to pull him over near Hog Liver Road, but he allegedly led them on a chase. After flipping his car, Cook allegedly tried to run, but was arrested.
Sometime during the week Cook also stole gas from his parents in Temple, Langley said.
When a person goes on a crime spree, Langley said law enforcement tries to catch them before their crimes escalate.
“This guy just went on a spree and robbed several places in Georgia and Alabama,” he said. “We worry about it escalating and them hurting someone because they get so desperate.”