Toccoa Police Announces Arrests In Battery Thefts

Two people face charges after the Toccoa Police Department arrested them in connection to a string of vehicle battery thefts recently in both the city and Stephens County.

According to Toccoa Police Department Interim Chief Tim Jarrell, 17-year-old Brandon Kyle Taylor of Toccoa and 24-year-old Rodney Lorenzo Waldon of Toccoa were arrested in connection with the case.

Jarrell said it involves the alleged theft of batteries from trucks and vehicles from businesses and elsewhere.

“The Police Department received numerous reports of batteries being taken from vehicles around the city limits in the month of November and the first part of December,” said Jarrell. “(Through) an investigation being conducted by the police department, we were able to find where Mr. Taylor and Mr. Walden had taken over 45 batteries to scrap yards in and out of Stephens County.”

Jarrell said that Taylor and Waldon are both charged with one count of felony theft by taking, three counts of misdemeanor theft by taking, and one count of criminal damage to property.

He went on to say that the arrests are the result of a lot of hard work by the entire department and he commends the department for its work on the case.

“There was information that was passed on from patrol to detective division and detective division relayed information back to patrol and the department came together and conducted a thorough investigation and worked an investigation very well,” added Jarrell.

Jarrell also said that authorities appreciate the cooperation of local scrap yards in the case with regards to providing information that assisted in the investigation.