Investigation leads to warrants, arrests for 3 Chattanooga teens in 29 entering auto cases in Dalton
An investigation of a string of 29 entering auto cases in Dalton has led to the arrests of two men and warrants issued for the arrest of a third. The crimes took place over the course of three weeks in Dalton. The three suspects are all from the Chattanooga, Tennessee area. Between September 21st and October 7th, the Dalton Police Department received 29 reports of entering auto cases in apartment complexes and neighborhoods along Crow Valley Road, including Brady Drive, Brothers Lane, and Cobblestone Creek. In each case, the vehicles entered had been left unlocked by owners with valuables inside. Cell phones, wallets, cash, laptop computers, and guns were among the items stolen from the vehicles. There were also four vehicles that were left with the keys inside, and those vehicles were stolen. Detectives from the DPD’s Criminal Investigations Division began to work on the cases after the initial group of entering auto cases on the weekend of September 21st. Detectives were able to develop links between physical evidence recovered and the three suspects. Additionally, when one of the four stolen cars was recovered after being located in Chattanooga, one of the suspects had left his cell phone inside. The investigation ultimately led to warrants for the arrest of Arnellus Johnson, 18, of 1870 Greenwood Road in Chattanooga, Marchant Robinson, 18, of 2707 Orchard Knob Avenue in Chattanooga, and Quadarius Johnson, 19, of 1821 Rubio Street in Chattanooga. Each is charged with 29 counts of entering autos, four counts of felony theft (automobile), and one count of racketeer influenced and corrupt organizations (RICO). Arnellus Johnson and Marchant Robinson were both arrested by the Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office on charges in that jurisdiction and also the Dalton Police Department’s warrants. Quadarius Johnson is still at large.
These incidents are still under investigation and further charges are possible against the three suspects. Anyone with information about the whereabouts of Quadarius Johnson is asked to please contact Detective Jacob Burger at 706-278-9085, extension 9325.