The Dunwoody Police Department has arrested a man wanted in eight felony offenses, including heroin possession, burglary and robbery.

Robert Walker. (Dunwoody Police Department)

Robert John Walker, 39, was arrested July 19, after two off-duty Dunwoody officers noticed him at a local church gym walking out of the gym with several gym bags, according to a Dunwoody police report.

The officers checked out the locker room and discovered their gym bags had been gone through and several lockers had been broken into. The officers then saw Walker get into a stolen vehicle and flee the scene, the report states.

Dunwoody Police then tracked Walter to a Sandy Springs hardware store by using a tracking app on a cell phone that was stolen from the gym. He was arrested with assistance from the Sandy Springs Police Department as he attempted to leave in the stolen vehicle.

Walter is also the suspect in a June 4 residential burglary in which he is accused of entering a home and stealing a homeowner’s purse while she was doing yard work, according to the report. The homeowner confronted Walker as he tried to flee in a vehicle and she was dragged by Walker’s vehicle, according to the report. She received minor injuries.

Walter was also captured on video surveillance on July 12 at a local retail store snatching the purse of a shopper, according to the report.

Walter is also suspected of committing several similar crimes throughout metro Atlanta, according to the report.

Walter faces eight felony charges: robbery by sudden snatching, burglary, entering automobile, possession of heroin, obstruction of law enforcement officers, and theft by receiving motor vehicle.

Anyone with information about any of these incidents is asked to contact Detective J. Maldonado at 678-382-6914 or

Anonymous tips can also be made at or by texting C-R-I-M-E-S (274-637) and using the key word DPDTIPS at the start of the message.

Dyana Bagby

Dyana Bagby is a staff writer for Reporter Newspapers and Atlanta Intown.