Limestone County deputies have arrested five teenagers in connection to multiple vehicle burglaries after an alleged alcohol and drug use binge.
"One of the adults told investigators after he confessed to his role in the burglaries that the tequila made him do it," the sheriff's office wrote in a news release.
All five are charged with five counts of breaking and entering a vehicle, with a total bond of $12,500 each.
Cesar Javier Gomez, 19, of Harvest and Samuel Carter Rowan, 18, of Toney were released from the Limestone County Jail on bond. Dylan Kane Holland, 19, of Hazel Green remains in the Limestone County Jail.
There were also two juvenile suspects. Their ages are 14 and 17.
On Tuesday, deputies responded to several reports of car burglaries near Bethel Road and Miller Lane. Bethel Community Watch members notified investigators that they had video of five suspects on an easily recognizable golf cart going up and down the road and the suspects entering and attempting to enter cars and garages.
Investigators said they located the golf cart at a home in the neighborhood where the two juveniles live. Investigators said they determined that the two boys had Gomez, Rowan and Holland over on July 9 where the five allegedly became intoxicated on marijuana, vodka and tequila. The five then allegedly went “car hopping” to see what they could find.
Investigators also recovered stolen property at the juveniles’ residence, and they reportedly asked them to call the other three involved to return the other items, including some stolen firearms.
Deputies say Gomez and Rowan came to the area and left a bag at the corner of Bethel Road and Lambert Road, then called to notify investigators of the location of the items. After investigators recovered a stolen gun and other items from the bag, they spoke to Gomez on the phone and he met them at Miller Lane where he was arrested. Deputies recovered marijuana and drug paraphernalia from his vehicle at that time.
Investigators then contacted Rowan by phone. They said he then drove to the sheriff’s office to turn himself in and return more stolen property.
Holland, who also agreed to turn himself in, was picked up in Madison County and transported to the Limestone County Jail.
While the offenders confessed to entering nearly 30 vehicles, only five reports have been made currently. Additional charges are expected and the investigation is ongoing.
Anyone from the Bethel community who has recently had items stolen from their vehicle should contact the Limestone County Sheriff’s Office at 256-232-0111.
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