Police: Convicted felon broke into vehicles, took gun


Timothy Engert, 19, is charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon after allegedly breaking into a vehicle and taking a gun.

ST. MARYS, Ga. - Police took a vehicle break-in suspect into custody Monday morning as numerous reports were coming in from victims in the Sugar Mill Plantation.

As police were responding to the area, Timothy Engert, 19, was found to be walking around and acting strangely, according to a release from the St. Marys Police Department.

While Engert was talking to officers, a gun fell to the ground out of his waistband. As officers were talking to Engert, a Sugar Mill resident reported that their vehicle was broken into and their gun was taken.

The gun in Engert's possession was later confirmed to be the gun taken from the victim's vehicle, the release detailed.

Engert was taken into custody and booked into the Camden County Sheriff's Office. He was charged with felony possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, felony possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime, and felony theft of firearm.

SMPD said it is important for people to remember to take valuables out of vehicles and lock the doors.