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Teen trio tagged with triple entering auto charges

Three teenagers have been arrested in connection with three cases of Entering Auto and the theft of a vehicle, all of which allegedly took place Saturday night in Fayetteville while their parents, who reportedly dropped them off, are said to have thought their 17-year-olds were in the cinema watching a movie.
Chareion Nicole Appling of Riverdale, Amir Armond Cowley of Riverdale, and Maliq Emeer Boston of Atlanta were all three charged with three counts of Entering Auto and various Theft and Criminal Damage charges. Appling was additionally charged with Crossing the Guardline with Contraband for allegedly having marijuana in her possession as she was booked in to the Fayette County Jail.
According to Fayetteville Police Lieutenant Mike Whitlow, the young trio began trying car door handles in the parking lots near the Cinemark Movies 10, also known as the “dollar theater” at Banks Station located at Banks Road and Hwy. 85 North. He said they moved northwest across the highway into the Banks Crossing shopping center and into the JC Penney parking lot, which is where they allegedly stole a Chevrolet Avalanche.
Whitlow said some alert citizens saw the trio working the parked cars and called police right away, which alerted law enforcement officers in the area to set up a net and look for the described suspects. He said officers were on the scene at Cinemark Movies 10 when they spotted the suspects trying to reenter the cinema.
According to police reports, the suspects had some of the stolen goods on them when approached by police. Whitlow said the Avalanche they had stolen was parked behind the cinema.
According to Fayette County Jail online inmate records, all three suspects were still in custody as of early Tuesday afternoon. Both Appling and Boston are being held on $34,200 bond, while Cowley’s bond was set at $35,500.
Police are once again reminding people to keep cars locked and valuables placed out of site when parking and leaving any vehicle. The warning should be heeded even more carefully during the holiday shopping season, Whitlow said.
Whitlow said the police department leadership is grateful not only to their own officers for their swift and effective response Saturday night, but also for citizens who in this case took the time to report something they felt was suspicious.
“We want to give those citizens a lot of credit,” Whitlow said.

By Danny Harrison

Danny Harrison, a 1992 Fayette High School graduate, began his journalism career with Fayette County News in 1995. After taking several leaves of absence to pursue journalism and Christian ministry opportunities, including a few out of state and overseas, he returned full-time to Fayette County News in August 2014. Harrison earned a bachelor's degree in pastoral ministry in 2009 while serving as a missionary journalist in England and Western Europe.