published Monday, June 11th, 2012

4 teens charged in LaFayette burglary, auto thefts

Two adult males, a 16-year-old male and a 15-year-old male have been charged in connection with a break-in at a LaFayette used car lot, authorities say

Jesse D. Clayton, of Chickamauga, and Nicolas Wayne Snyder, of LaFayette, both 18, are charged with six counts of motor vehicle theft, said Walker County Sheriff Steve Wilson. Clayton has bonded out by Snyder has not been arrested, Wilson said.

The two juveniles, whose names will not be released, also have been charged with six counts of motor vehicle theft, he said. One is in the Dalton Youth Development Center and the other juvenile has been released to his parents, Wilson said.

The charges are in connection with a break-in on May 25 at Cagle’s Used Cars, 3428 Foster Mill Drive, in LaFayette, Wilson said.

Four of the six vehicles to a remote area of Pigeon Mountain in the Harrisburg community. Three were a so severely damaged, they were a total loss, while the other three suffered moderate to severe damage. Total loss has been estimated at about $30,000, Wilson said.

Snyder was arrested June 1 and charged with theft in the disappearance of a Nissan Xterra from the Rock Spring, the sheriff said. He is currently free on bond in the case.

In another incident, Snyder and a 16-year-old male juvenile were charged with burglary and two counts of motor vehicle theft in connection with two Jeeps stolen on April 21 from WC Auto Sales at 2050 McFarland Gap Road in Rossville, Wilson said.

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