Wanted car theft suspect caught in Westlake area

42-year-old Richard Dahlheimer caught by authorities
42-year-old wanted suspect, Richard Dahlheimer
42-year-old wanted suspect, Richard Dahlheimer(wrdw)
Published: Feb. 19, 2023 at 1:57 PM EST|Updated: Feb. 19, 2023 at 2:36 PM EST
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MARTINEZ, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) - The Columbia County Sheriff’s Office has confirmed on their Facebook page that 42-year-old wanted suspect, Richard Dahlheimer, has been caught.

According to Maj. Steve Morris with the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office, Dahlheimer was cornered underneath a house in the Westlake area.

The capture of Dahlheimer followed an overnight manhunt in the same area when Dalheimer was first spotted in Richmond County, and crossed over into Columbia County.

News 12 previously reported Dalheimer was wanted for questioning and according to officials, multiple cars were stolen from United Auto Sales, in the 3303 block of Washington Road between Saturday and Monday of this week.

Here’s a list of the vehicles that were stolen:

  • 2021 White Chevrolet Camaro
  • 2022 Black Mitsubishi Outlander
  • 2019 Silver Chevrolet Equinox
  • 2019 Silver Subaru Outback
  • 2018 Black Honda Accord
  • 2018 Black Infiniti QX60
  • 2016 Silver Mercedes GLE350

Officials say Dahlheimer ditched his car in the West Lake area between Furys Ferry Road and Stevens Creek Road, where a perimeter was set up in search of him.

The Georgia State Patrol aviation department also assisted the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office with the search.