An 8-year-old Brookhaven boy helped police catch a man suspected in several car break-ins.
The child was looking out the window of his home on Dresden Drive Dec. 15 when he saw someone breaking into his parents’ car. He alerted his mother, who called the police, Brookhaven officials said.
When Brookhaven Police arrived, the boy was able to give officers a detailed description of the suspect and where he saw the man run.
Officers searched the area and found the suspect. He was arrested and taken to the DeKalb County jail, where he is being held on entering auto, loitering and prowling charges, according to police.
Police believe the man may be connected to at least six other car break-ins. Detectives are not releasing the suspect’s name because of the ongoing investigation. A second man was also arrested on loitering charges and is under investigation.
“This suspect would still be on the street without the tip we got from this little boy. He was so articulate, alert and detailed that it helped us find the suspect right away,” Brookhaven Patrol Division Commander Lt. Juan Grullon said in a news release. “These are the type of partnerships that help keep our community safe.”