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Teens charged with stealing car, taking it for a joy ride

Trey Summerlin Miguel Morales-Figueroa Christopher D. Kinslow

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor
Three teenagers have been arrested and a warrant has been issued for a fourth after a stolen car was abandoned at a trailer park following a joy ride in Calhoun County, according to a report from the Calhoun County Sheriff’s Office.

A green four-door Honda Accord was taken from a residence on Hanna Tower Road just outside the Altha City Limits sometime between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. on July 22, according to the owner.

Around 9:30 p.m., the car was found parked at Cochran’s Trailer Park in Blountstown with the key in the ignition and the windows down.

Skid marks behind the car showed it had come to a sudden halt. The vehicle had extensive damage on both sides, the apparent result of striking pine trees, and pieces of bark were lodged in the frames of both the driver and front passenger’s doors. Fresh transfer paint on the car’s exterior indicated it had collided with other objects as well. A large amount of grass was embedded under the rear bumper.

A license plate check led investigators to the owner who was at work and arranged to come in the following day to file a report.

While going through the Hanna Tower Road area to look for information about the theft, Lt. Todd Wheetley spoke with a group of teenage boys who told him that two white males between the ages of 18 - 20 walked up to a Jim Durham Road residence where they were gathered. Wheetley felt the boys were being evasive when they told him they didn’t know the pair but thought they were from Tennessee.

They said the two were sweaty and appeared to have been running.

Wheetley then went to the trailer park, where he saw a young man with injuries to his face. After talking with him, the investigator determined that Christopher D. Kinslow, 18, of Hendersonville, TN was a suspect.

During questioning at the sheriff’s office, Kinslow admitted that he was riding around with a 16-year-old when they went to the victim’s home.

Kinslow said after they left the victim’s property, he was dropped off at a Jim Durham Road residence. Trey Summerlin, 18, of Blountstown, then drove off in the stolen car and later returned to the house on foot.
Kinslow, Summerlin and Miguel Morales-Figuero, also 18, were charged with burglary and grand theft of an automobile with damage over $1,000. Charges are pending against a fourth person known as “Darean,” 16, who reportedly left Tennessee with Kinslow and Morales-Figuero to visit a friend in Calhoun County. He is believed to have left the area, Wheetley said.

Summerlin said he and the other three were riding in the area near the victim’s home when they stopped and Darean got out to look at the Honda parked there. After taking a look, he told the others that the keys were in the unlocked car. Summerlin admitted that he and Darean got into the Honda, with Darean taking the wheel and driving it off the owner’s property around 10 p.m. When they returned to his home, Summerlin said that a stereo, amp and a case of beer was removed from the Honda.

Morales-Figuero admitted looking through other vehicles at the victim’s home in search of items to take and told the investigator that Summerlin was driving the stolen Honda.

Witnesses reported seeing Summerlin and Darean in the stolen vehicle, along with Summerlin’s white bulldog, ‘Kilo’.



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August 11th, 2017



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