Capt. Keith Shaddix with the Villa Rica Police Department said the teens allegedly entered a home in the Twin Oaks subdivision shortly after 10 a.m. on Saturday.
The four suspects were identified as Travis Clifford Goolsby, 19; Joseph Brady Cook, 19; Austin Wayne Priest, 17; and Tony Chase McGuire, 17. All four suspects reside in Villa Rica.
Officers responded to the home after an alarm was triggered. Officers were checking the home and found it, Shaddix said. The alarm company notified the female homeowner who left work to return home.
Just before she arrived home, the woman received a second notification from the alarm company saying the alarm had been tripped again.
The homeowner arrived at the house and began to walk around the property before going inside. The victim told police she saw a male hiding in the woods behind the house and as she was walking toward him, two more males exited the rear door of her home.
One of the men was holding a firearm that was later determined to be stolen from the home. The victim was caught between the suspects leaving the house and the one in the woods.
Shaddix said the woman, out of fear, fired three shots at the suspect holding the gun as she she ran from the area.
Goolsby, who the homeowner was shooting at, was not injured during the shooting.
After firing the shots, the second suspect fled back into the house, she testified. She then saw two other suspects running from the front door of her home, with one of the men dropping a gun as he was running.
VRPD located the first suspect just after he had changed clothes in the restroom of a local restaurant. With the assistance of Carroll County Sheriff’s Office, two additional suspects were taken into custody after being found just outside the city limits. The fourth suspect was located later in the afternoon.
Police determined that all four teenagers had entered into the home and left when the alarm sounded. According to reports, the four hid in the woods while the officer was checking the home. After the officer left, Goolsby, Priest and McGuire re-entered the home while Cook stayed in the woods as a look-out.
Goolsby was identified as the suspect holding the gun whom the homeowner shot at, and Priest was identified as the suspect who dropped a firearm in the front yard as he ran away.
The firearm Priest was allegedly in possession of did not belong to the owner of the home. Police have not been able to identify if the firearm was stolen from another location.
A firearm replica was found just inside the home, and it was determined that McGuire dropped it while running from the home.
All stolen property was recovered.
Goolsby, Priest and McGuire were each charged with burglary and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime. Cook was charged only with burglary, as there was no evidence that he had a firearm during the incident.
The four are currently being held in Carroll County Jail, pending a bond hearing.
Also in Villa Rica over the weekend, police recovered a car that its Dallas owner said was stolen.
Officer Scott Adams of VRPD pulled over Carrollton resident Maranda Davenport, 34, at approximately 11:30 p.m. Friday.
Adams had been driving when he saw the Ford Focus Davenport was driving and input the tag to find that it had been reported stolen.
A dispatcher confirmed that the car had been taken from a Paulding County resident, 39-year-old Harold McGee.
Davenport said a friend had let her borrow the vehicle, which was valued at $16,000, about a week earlier.
The woman was taken to Carroll County Jail and was charged with theft by receiving stolen property.