A Buford man is wanted in connection to multiple cases of entering auto thefts related to a long-term investigation by the Gwinnett County Police Department.
Roy Higgins, 27, remains at large. He has active warrants for 10 counts of entering auto, 10 counts of financial transaction card fraud, one count of obstruction, one count of improper lane change, one count of theft by receiving stolen property, one count of possession of marijuana and two counts of possession of a controlled substance.
Timeline of incidents, according to Gwinnett police:
On April 17, a man reported that his vehicle was broken into on White Birch Way in Lawrenceville. During the theft, a firearm was stolen. Shortly after the report, the case was assigned to a detective in the General Crimes Unit, and the lead detective discovered a series of entering autos in the area of Verner Road and Whitehead Place Drive.
On May 17, another victim reported that credit cards were stolen from their vehicle. The investigation revealed that those credit cards were used fraudulently at a Wal-Mart in Lawrenceville. Detectives visited the Wal-Mart and obtained images of two suspects and a description of the vehicle they were driving.
On May 20, several more entering auto cases were reported in the area of Berkshire Eve Drive in Duluth. Detectives discovered the same suspects may be responsible.
On May 24, patrol officers located the suspect’s vehicle and attempted a traffic stop. The driver abandoned the vehicle and fled on foot. Inside the vehicle was a stolen firearm.
As a result of the investigation, the lead detective obtained warrants for the arrest of Bryon Hunt, 27, of Forsyth, and Higgins. On June 30, Hunt was arrested at a home on Chablis Court in Lawrenceville. He is currently incarcerated at the Gwinnett County Jail, facing warrants for 13 counts of entering auto and 11 counts of financial transaction card fraud.
Anyone with information on Higgins’ whereabouts is asked to call GCPD detectives at 770-513-5300. To remain anonymous, tipsters should contact Crime Stoppers at 404-577-TIPS (8477) or visit www.stopcrimeATL.com. Crime Stoppers tipsters can receive a cash reward for information leading to an arrest and indictment in this case.