On Sept. 5 at 6:05 p.m., Decatur Police responded to to a burglary in progress in the 100 block of Park Drive. A witness reported seeing four male suspects kick in the door of a neighbor’s residence. The suspects were in a newer model, silver Mercedes Benz displaying a drive-out tag. An additional witness/neighbor pulled his vehicle into the victim’s driveway behind the Mercedes in an attempt to block the suspect’s vehicle. One of the suspects exited the house carrying a television and upon seeing the witness/neighbor who had blocked the Mercedes in, dropped the television in the front yard. All four suspects then entered the Mercedes, drove through the yard and fled toward South Candler Street. The suspects were described as three black males and one white male, all appeared to be 18-22 years old.

According to Sgt. Jennifer Ross, in July the police department received 416 calls for suspicious persons/vehicles/activity. In August the police department received 213 calls for suspicious persons/vehicles/activity. Ross encouraged Decatur residents  to watch out for their neighbors. “If you observe unknown persons or vehicles at a neighbor’s house or loitering/circulating your neighborhood, call police immediately,” Ross said. “An officer could be just a few streets over and we have no way of knowing who belongs at your neighbor’s house.”

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.