Man wanted in auto break-ins, car theft cases apprehended

Published: Sep. 2, 2020 at 10:15 AM EDT
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GROVETOWN, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) - The Columbia County Sheriff’s Office says a man wanted in a series of crimes has been apprehended.

Authorities said they were seeking Jonah Schafner, 32, on charges of entering autos and motor vehicle theft. He has a previous record from more than a decade ago.

Schafner appears to have been taken into custody around 2 p.m.

By about 9:25 a.m., deputies had launched the search in the Crown Heights and Sylvan Lake areas for Schafner.

As of about noon, officers were searching cars going in and out of the subdivision.

The operation was still going on at 1 p.m., as were soft lockdowns of nearby schools, according to the sheriff’s agency.

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As a result of the search, three Columbia County School District campuses — Grovetown High, Columbia Middle, and Baker Place Elementary — were placed on soft lockdown “until further notice,” district officials said.

Anyone with information is urged to contact the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office at 706-541-2800 or 706-541-1044.

Previous record

Schafner was charged in 2008 in Richmond County with three felony counts of burglary — two in an offense that occurred June 8, 2008, and one in a July 28 incident that year.

The three counts were reduced to misdemeanor criminal trespass and he pleaded guilty, according to court records.

On Feb. 5, 2009, he was fined $1,300 and placed on probation for 12 months, according to Richmond County court records.

Arrest warrants were issued for him on Aug. 30, 2011, and Jan. 4, 2012, according to court records.

Jonah Schafner's Richmond County booking photo from 2008 case.
Jonah Schafner's Richmond County booking photo from 2008 case.(WRDW)

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