Missing teen suspect in string of auto burglaries
ROSSVILLE, Ga. (WDEF) – Rossville Police hope you can help find a missing teen who may be responsible for several auto burglaries across Walker County.
Detective David Scroggins of Rossville Police said, “He was implicated in entering some autos in local areas. Some here, some in East Ridge, other areas around the city, and when we first became aware that he might have been involved, it was also told that he was in possession of a handgun, a Glock semi-automatic pistol.”
Rossville Police Detective David Scroggins said missing teen 15-year-old Cameron Eugene Shepherd left Rossville September 20th and hasn’t been seen since.
Det. Scroggins added, “We are looking for him. I’ve talked with folks at the school, the SROs and those folks. He hasn’t been to school. I’ve spoken with his mother and law enforcement’s also spoken with his grandmother and we can’t find him. We’re concerned about his safety and well-being.”
Typically juvenile offenders are not named, but Rossville P-D is now treating this as a missing persons case. Det. Scroggins explained, “He’s a juvenile, and is out on the streets so it concerns us.”
Scroggins says Shepherd is a logical suspect for a string of burglarized cars, but there is no direct evidence the 15-year-old is responsible for all of the crimes. LaFayette Police officials also think the same suspect could be responsible for similar crimes in their city since the suspect has family in the LaFayette area as well.
Captain Stacey Meeks of LaFayette Police said, “We’re concerned about it because we’ve had weapons stolen out of a vehicle, you know, money, laptop computers, different things of value taken from these vehicles, and then within the last two days, we’ve had a vehicle actually stolen from our jurisdiction.”
But officials from all of the jurisdictions affected say most of the broken-into cars were unlocked. Captain Burt Cagle of the Walker County Sheriff’s Office said, “We don’t have them busting out windows and going into cars. It’s just a crime of opportunity.”
Some of the stolen items have been recovered, but officials say most of what was taken is easily pawned or traded.
If you anything about these crimes or where missing teen Cameron Shepherd may be, please call Rossville Police.