Cherokee Judicial Circuit Judge Suzanne H. Smith denied a motion to reduce bond for a Cartersville resident accused of breaking into dozens of vehicles throughout the community in Bartow Superior Court Tuesday morning.
Tyler Nayeshawn Kimbro, 20, has been held at the Bartow County Jail since Jan. 27. According to Bartow County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) records, he was initially booked on a felony probation violation.
Public defender Matthew Hoskins said Kimbro and two additional codefendants are accused of operating a massive theft ring involving dozens of victims in Bartow.
Cherokee Judicial Circuit Assistant District Attorney Whitney Law said the paper trail for the case is so large the records fill up an entire Bankers Box.
“He is facing 41 charges of entering an auto that spans across the jurisdiction of Cartersville Police as well as Bartow County,” she said. “This is a huge entering-an-auto scheme … there’s a police report for every single victim of these people entering their autos.”
According to Law, the codefendants are accused of taking an unspecified amount of money from the vehicles, as well as personal property ranging from a Bartow County Schools laptop to at least one debit card.
She said the codefendants are expected to face even more charges once the full list of stolen items is finalized.
Law said the break-ins spanned from September to December of last year.
“One of the two codefendants admitted the other two being involved in this,” she said.
Hoskins confirmed that the other two codefendants have probation holds and do not currently have bonds set.
He also said that one of the codefendants is believed to be a cousin of Kimbro.
“On his criminal history, he has one 'first offender' conviction that he has sealed,” Hoskins said of Kimbro. “It was a misdemeanor theft by taking.”
Considering the volume of the alleged crimes, Law asked the court to keep Kimbro’s bond set at $60,000.
Judge Smith ultimately sided with the State on the matter, adding that she was willing to consider another bond reduction motion once a preliminary hearing takes place.
“Sometimes you have those preliminary hearings and the number of charges goes down, sometimes you have them and the number of charges goes up,” Smith said. “We’ll just see where we stand after the preliminary hearing.”