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Winder Police: YMCA Member's Actions Helped Uncover Entering Auto Crimes

Anyone in the Winder area who believes his or her car was entered within the last month is asked to call Winder Police Detective Gregg Teatino at 678-425-6873.

A member of the Winder YMCA about 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 27, physically detained a woman he suspected of stealing several items from his vehicle. 

When officers with the Winder Police Department responded, the YMCA member said he was leaving the YMCA when he found an iPhone that did not belong to him lying in the front seat of his vehicle. He attempted to turn the phone in at the front desk when he received a phone call from his wife, who was outside in their vehicle and informed him she had just called police due to several items being missing from their vehicle. Those items included a video recorder, an iPhone, some checks, clothing items and book bags belonging to their children.

At that point, a frantic female reportedly ran into the lobby of the YMCA, where the man was attempting to turn in the cell phone he found. The female said she had lost her phone and immediately grabbed the phone and ran out of the building. Suspecting this female could be the same person who had also taken his belongings, the man ran after the woman and restrained her in the parking lot until police arrived.

When questioned, the suspect, Raemonda Inscho told police she was “just trying to feed her children” and indicated her car was in the parking lot and the stolen property was in her trunk. An officer used the keys, which were found in the ignition, to open the trunk and the YMCA member immediately pointed to several items in the trunk that belonged to him.

Due to numerous other bags containing various electronic items, credit cards, cell phones and other suspicious property within plain view inside the vehicle, officers had it towed to the police department to conduct a detailed inventory of the contents. Police later found bags containing dozens of driver’s licenses, credit and debit cards, cell phones, GPS devices and more. Also found in the vehicle was a makeup bag containing a large quantity of a crystal-like substance that field tested positive for methamphetamine.

The suspect later admitted to committing at least 12 entering auto thefts. When asked why she had more than 12 driver’s licenses, the suspect reportedly said she found the rest when she was “Dumpster diving.” According to police, the woman appeared to be under the influence of a narcotic and when asked about the drugs that were found in her car, she said, “Someone left that in there.”

Inscho is being held at the Barrow County Detention Center on one count each of entering auto, possession of a controlled substance with the intent to distribute and possession of drug-related objects.

Winder police are working with law enforcement agencies in Barrow County, Jackson County, Banks County, Clarke County and Oconee County to locate other possible victims based on addresses found on the various drivers’ licenses that were recovered. Police are asking anyone who has been the victim of an entering auto theft within the past month in these areas to contact their local law enforcement agency to determine if any of the property recovered might belong to them.

Anyone in the Winder area who believes his or her car was entered within the last month is asked to call Winder Police Detective Gregg Teatino at 678-425-6873. 

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