Teens accused of alcohol-fueled string of vehicle break-ins

Dylan Holland, Cesar Gomez and Samuel Rowan (Limestone County Sheriff's Office photos)

Deputies said a group of five people went through more than two dozen vehicles after drinking vodka and tequila.

Posted: Jul 12, 2018 4:51 PM

The tequila made them do it.

That was the claim Limestone County authorities said one man made after he and four other people were arrested for a string of vehicle burglaries this week.

Cesar Javier Gomez, 19, of Harvest, Samuel Carter Rowan, 18, of Toney, Dylan Kane Holland, 19, of Hazel Green, and two boys ages 14 and 17 were all arrested on five counts each of breaking and entering a vehicle.

The break-ins happened in the Bethel Road and Miller Lane area Tuesday, according to the Limestone County Sheriff's Office. Community watch members had video of all five in a golf cart driving up and down the roads, hopping out to check vehicles and go in garages, authorities said. Firearms were among the items that were taken, they said.

The golf cart was found at the juveniles' home along with several items that had been stolen, according to the sheriff's office. Investigators said they interviewed all five and determined that they had used marijuana and drank vodka and tequila before going "car hopping" to see what they could find. In all, the group confessed to entering nearly 30 vehicles, investigators said.

Gomez and Rowan returned some stolen items -- including a gun -- in a bag at the corner of Bethel and Lambert roads when contacted, the sheriff's office said. Deputies later arrested Gomez on Miller Lane after another phone call, they said. Rowan turned himself in at the sheriff's office and returned more stolen items, they said.

Holland also agreed to turn himself in and was picked up in Madison County, authorities said. 

Bond for Gomez, Rowan and Holland was set at $12,500 each. The sheriff's office said they expect additional charges as more victims come forward.

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