A Buford man is wanted by the Gwinnett County Police Department for a string of entering auto thefts and financial transaction card fraud.

According to Gwinnett County Police, Roy Higgins, 27 of Buford and Bryon Hunt, 27 of Forsyth broke into numerous vehicles over a three-month period. Between the pair, there are 49 charges against them in connection with these thefts.

The first known incident was on April 17 when a man reported that his vehicle had been broken into on White Birch Way in unincorporated Lawrenceville. The man’s gun was taken during that break-in.

A detective with the department’s General Crimes Unit was assigned to the case. The detective discovered a series of entering auto thefts in the area of Verner Road and Whitehead Place Drive.

One month later on May 17, another man reported that his credit cards were stolen and those credit cards were used fraudulently at a Walmart in Lawrenceville. Detectives were able to get images of the suspects, as well as a vehicle description after visiting that Walmart.

Detectives learned of several more entering auto thefts that occurred on May 20 in the area of Berkshire Eve Drive in unincorporated Duluth. Higgins and Hunt are believed to be the suspects responsible for these crimes as well.

The Gwinnett County Police Department said in a written release, “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.”

After the investigation, charges were filed against Higgins and Hunt. Hunt was arrested on June 30 at a home on Chablis Court in Lawrenceville. He is in custody at the Gwinnett County Jail on 13 counts of Entering Auto and 11 counts of Financial Transaction Card Fraud.

Higgins has not been located yet. He has 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 Property, one count of Possession of Marijuana and two counts of Possession of a Controlled Substance.

If anyone has any information about Higgins’s whereabouts, please contact 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. 

Featured photo: Police are seeking information about the whereabouts of Roy Higgins, 27 of Buford in connection with a string of entering auto thefts and financial transaction card fraud. Special photo

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