Couple arrested after storage break-in, wreck

A Louisiana couple are facing charges of theft after allegedly stealing military memorabilia from a self-storage unit; the woman also faces charges of fleeing from Columbia County officers which resulted in a wreck.

According to a Columbia County sheriff’s incident report, an officer was patrolling the area near Washington Road Self Storage, 4080 Washington Road, just before 3 a.m. Thursday when he saw a 1996 Chevrolet truck driving without headlights.

The officer attempted a traffic stop after finding the vehicle’s plates belonged to a 1998 Ford Explorer, but the driver fled the area.

The chase ended after the vehicle wrecked on Halali Farm Road.

The driver, Ashley Lynn Stein, 30, and a passenger, Murphy Lee Heinsohn, 43, both of Addis, La., were taken to Georgia Regents Medical Center for treatment.

Police found a large quantity of items including military memorabilia in and around the bed of the truck. Police said the items were stolen from a storage unit that had been forced open.

Both suspects were charged with second-degree burglary. Stein was also charged with fleeing/attempting to elude officers, failure to maintain lane, no proof of minimum insurance, headlight requirement and removing/affixing license plate with intent to conceal vehicle identity.

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