A homeless Rome man is facing several charges after police said he broke into at least seven cars between Sunday and Tuesday of last week. Reports said that Eddie Dewayne Tant, 34, attempted to enter at least seven vehicles at 1944 and 1006 Shorter Avenue. He was arrested last Thursday and charged only with felony making false statements to police. The additional charges were added later.
He is now charged with false report of a crime, seven felony counts of entering an automobile with intent to commit theft, one count of 2nd degree criminal damage to property and probation violation.
Reports said that Tant was arrested after an officer spotted him riding a bicycle and wearing a backpack near Piedmont Drive around 3:45 a.m. Thursday morning. After speeding away the officer later found Tant in the Woods near an Elm Street home where he denied that the backpack, which he had tossed away, was his. Reports added that the backpack contained several items that could be used to break into cars.