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Five arrested on multiple charges associated with breaking and entering into a vehicle

March 18 2024

Auburn, Ala. - On March 16, 2024, Auburn Police arrested Clayton Tyler McMillan, age 18, from Smiths, Alabama, a 13-year-old juvenile from Columbus, Georgia, a 14-year-old juvenile from Colquitt, Georgia, a 16-year-old juvenile from Phenix City, Alabama and a 17-year-old juvenile from Waverly Hall, Georgia.

Each of the suspects were charged with five counts of unlawfully breaking and entering into a vehicle, theft of property second degree, theft of property third degree, and three counts of theft of property fourth degree. McMillan, the 13-year-old juvenile and the 16-year-old juvenile were also charged with possession of marijuana second degree. The 14-year-old juvenile and the 17-year-old juvenile were both charged with attempting to elude a police officer.

The arrests stem from Auburn Police receiving a call reporting a vehicle burglary involving multiple suspects near the 300 block of East Thach Avenue on March 16.  Responding officers apprehended five suspects in the area a short time after the crime occurred. During the investigation, Police discovered evidence linking the suspects to multiple auto burglaries that occurred between Feb. 24 to March 9, 2024, resulting in additional charges.

McMillan was transported to the Lee County Jail and held on a $13,500 bond. The Lee County Juvenile Probation Office was contacted regarding detention of the juveniles.

The Auburn Police Department encourages citizens to lock car doors and to not store valuables inside vehicles. Criminal or suspicious activity should be reported to the Auburn Police Department by calling (334) 501-3100 for non-emergencies or 911 if the call is an emergency.


All defendants are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.