Court: Suspect admits to car, gun theft after attempting to evade arrest

tstevens@ledger-enquirer.comJanuary 28, 2014 

Preston Kennedy

Police were able to clear two cases Monday afternoon after they chased down 17-year-old Preston Kennedy, who was allegedly driving a stolen Honda Accord, according to court testimony.

Kennedy faced theft of a motor vehicle, first degree burglary, driving with a suspended license, possession of marijuana and failure to yield at a stop sign charges during a Tuesday morning Recorder's Court hearing.

He faces separate financial transaction card fraud and financial transaction card theft charges, according to the Muscogee County Jail.

An officer told the court that Kennedy was spotted driving the Honda Accord in the area of Reese Road at about 4:15 p.m. After discovering that the vehicle had been reported stolen, the officer attempted to stop Kennedy.

Kennedy refused to stop and ran a stop sign in his attempt to elude police, the officer said. He was stopped shortly after on Woodmere Lane and taken into custody.

Upon searching his vehicle, police found more than 10 grams of marijuana and a pistol. The latter police later discovered had been reported stolen.

Kennedy allegedly admitted to stealing the Honda the day before from a residence near Airport Thruway, though he said he couldn't remember the address. The pistol, allegedly taken during a burglary, he reportedly took from a residence near Jordan High School.

Police later discovered the car had been taken from a Westbrook Drive residence. The pistol was taken from a 3600 block 15th Avenue residence.

Judge Michael Cielinski set Kennedy's bond at $32,350.

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