MARIETTA, Ga -- Marietta Police are warning people about protecting their valuables when enjoying the summer months. They say a good time at the beach or an amusement park can be ruined easily, and they have a story to prove it.
Police made two arrests in a theft crime spree that happened over three straight weekends at the Six Flags White Water amusement park.
Officer David Baldwin said 27-year-old Amanda Young and her cousin, 18-year-old Xavier Ransom, stole valuables from more than a dozen people on three separate days.
"And while they were off riding the rides, the suspects would rifle through the bags and take whatever valuables that they had and then leave," Baldwin said.
Young is charged with 12 counts of theft by taking; Ransom is charged with three counts of theft by taking.
Officer Baldwin said the two suspects paid admission to get into the park on May 19, May 26, and May 31. He said the left the park with stolen items, mostly cell phones and credit cards.
Within an hour of leaving the park, the two suspects were caught on surveillance video from stores where they used the credit cards.
"Detectives were able to track some purchases made with stolen credit cards to the Walmart on Cobb Parkway," Baldwin said in a press release. "With the help of Walmart Loss Prevention, they were able to identify one of the suspects and later identify the second."
Police were able to return about $2,700 worth of stolen property back to the victims. The suspects charged about $2,500 on the credit cards. They were only able to recover $400 worth of those purchased items when the two were arrested.
Marietta Police encourage people to lock valuables in their cars or in lockers at the amusement park, and not to leave valuables unattended when carrying them inside the park.
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