Cops: Freed woman Gabrielle Begay burglarizes cars in jail parking lot

Gabrielle Begay

DOUGLAS COUNTY, Ga. -- A woman who had just been released from the Douglas County jail is accused of breaking into cars in the jail parking lot and at a restaurant across the street, officials said.

Deputies originally arrested 21-year old Gabrielle Begay over the weekend on fighting charges. She was released after posting a $1,500 bond.

Then deputies said witnesses reported Begay walked directly across the street from the jail and started breaking into cars in the Hudson's Hickory House restaurant parking lot.

Restaurant employee Tony Mirabelli said he spotted a woman looking inside his yellow Kia Sportage and rushed to stop her from removing items.

"She turned around, opened the car door, took an envelope that was right here on my dash," Mirabelli told Channel 2's Richard Elliot.

"I simply took the envelope out of her hand," said Mirabelli. "I got in my car and went across the street to the sheriff's office and made a report of it."

Deputies said Mirabelli told them he saw the woman headed into the jail parking lot. Deputies said they found Begay breaking into cars there.

"The deputies went directly outside and took her into custody," said Douglas County Chief Deputy Stan Copeland. "We would like people to try and stay out of jail if possible but especially within 30-minutes of their release. We expect you can stay straight for at least that long."

"Blew my mind," said Mirabelli when he learned that Begay had been released from jail just minutes before he said he caught her breaking into his car. "I can't believe someone would literally walk out of jail, come across the street and go right back in again."

A judge set bond for Begay at $14,000. She remains in the Douglas County Jail.

By Lena Sullivan 08/25/2011 09:18:00

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