Residents in a north Bibb County neighborhood might be resting easier following the arrest Friday of a man accused of breaking into several cars last week and lighting one on fire.
Nicolas Wade Brown, 23, was arrested following a call on New Year’s Eve to Macon Regional CrimeStoppers. He has since been released from the Bibb County jail on a $12,500 bond.
Pat Bernat, who lives across the street from one of the break-ins said she was relieved to learn of the arrest. “We’ll rest better knowing they got somebody,” she said.
The torching of a Toyota Prius in Jason Marti’s driveway really got the attention of investigators.
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Evidence recovered in the driveway indicated someone used some of Marti’s work tools to ignite the Prius, which burned so hot it melted the siding of the garage door and damaged the roof. Flames gutted the Honda Odyssey parked next to it. The sound of exploding tires rang out like gunshots, neighbors said.
Sometime before 6 a.m. on the freezing cold morning, several cars were broken into at four addresses on the street of Westchester Drive off Bass Road
A rifle was stolen but was recovered, officials said.
Marion Seckinger was letting a friend borrow his truck, which was broken into last week on Westchester Drive. His friend’s tool kit for antiques and her gloves were strewn in the yard.
“When they found out there wasn’t anything worthwhile in there, (they) left it,” Seckinger said.
This was the second time a vehicle was entered at his friend’s residence, he said.
Credit cards were taken from her purse a few years ago, Seckinger said.
Bernat said she is puzzled by the number of thefts on her street.
“I’m always surprised because there’s only one way in and out,” she said. “If you get back far enough you can get trapped.”
Seckinger praised the Bibb sheriff’s deputies who combed the neighborhood for clues.
More charges are possible, the release stated.
Anyone with more information is asked to contact Bibb County sheriff’s investigator Jamey Jones at 621-5649 or Macon Regional CrimeStoppers at (877) 68-CRIME.
To contact writer Liz Fabian, call 744-4303