The crime wave continues in Decatur with police reporting a carjacking on July 5 and a robbery by snatching today (July 6).

Decatur Police said in a release to the media that the white 2007 BMW 530I displaying Georgia tag GT845J that was taken in the carjacking on July 5 at approximately 3:30 a.m. on Sycamore Drive at Grove Street has been recovered by the Clayton County Police Department. No arrests were made at the time of recovery.

The carjacking victim, a 24-year-old male, told police he was followed by a blue Ford Taurus sedan from Toco Hills shopping center. While the victim was traveling southbound on Sycamore Drive, the Taurus began blowing its horn and then pulled along side at the intersection of Sycamore and Grove. The victim said the front seat passenger of the Taurus rolled her window down and asked for directions. While the victim was giving directions, he noticed an African American male standing beside his vehicle, holding what appeared to be a shotgun. The male suspect demanded the victim exit his vehicle and lay on the ground. The victim complied and the suspects left the area in both vehicles. Based on a number of differences, Decatur Police said they do not believe the crime is related to other incidents that occurred earlier in the week.

Today,  at approximately 12:30 p.m., there was a robbery by snatch in the 100 block of New Street. A female was working alone in a front office with the front door propped open when the two suspects – two African American males in their late mid-to-late teens – entered and stated they were lost and begged to use a bathroom. The victim stated there was no bathroom but one suspect continued to beg and asked if he could cut through the space to go outside and relieve himself. The victim allowed him to do so and upon his return, that suspect pushed the victim from her chair toward the floor while the other suspect grabbed a laptop and the victim’s purse off the table where she had been working. Both suspects fled into the parking lot. The victim observed the suspects enter a silver 2011 Mercedes Benz E350 displaying Georgia tag PFH1139 and flee toward East College Avenue. The Mercedes Benz was previously reported stolen to the DeKalb County Police Department. No weapons were shown and there was not a threat to use a weapon. The victim was not harmed. Investigators are working with the Atlanta Police Department on a possible lead involving the victim’s phone being tracked to an area in southwest Atlanta shortly after the robbery.

The Decatur Police will meet with neighborhood groups next week. Read our story at this link.

Collin Kelley

Collin Kelley has been the editor of Atlanta Intown for two decades and has been a journalist and freelance writer for 35 years. He’s also an award-winning poet and novelist.