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Investigation – Atlanta, Decatur burglaries examined

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Investigation – Atlanta, Decatur burglaries examined

This is security camera footage of a white SUV that was used in a recent burglary in Atlanta's Zone 6 police district
Burglary Suspect

These surveillance photos show a vehicle and a man police believe are connected with a series of burglaries in Oakhurst and Decatur. Source: Decatur Police

The Atlanta Police Department and Decatur Police Department are continuing to work together on an investigation into burglaries that may be related.

There have been several incidents reported in the last six days in Oakhurst and Atlanta’s Zone 6 police district, according to Decatur Police Sgt. Jennifer Ross.

Here are the incidents the two police agencies are examining.

– Feb. 8, Saturday – Someone living on the 200 block of 2nd Avenue reported an attempted burglary. The suspects damaged the front door, but couldn’t get inside. A neighbor told police she had seen a white Chevrolet Tahoe occupied by three to four men parked in front of the victim’s house around 2 pm. When the neighbor stepped outside, the suspects ran away.

– Feb. 8, Saturday – Atlanta Police responded to an alarm in the 2800 block of Tupelo Street. They found the side door kicked in. Police believe an SUV or Truck was used to remove a large television from the home.

– Feb. 8, Saturday – At 2:25 pm, Atlanta Police responded to a report of a suspicious vehicle in the 100 block of 2nd Avenue. A neighbor reported seeing a white Suburban or Tahoe, with Georgia Tag No. PDI4825, pull up into the driveway next to the home. A man in the back seat yelled at the driver to leave after he noticed the homeowner watching them through his blinds.

– Feb. 8, Saturday –  A burglary occurred between 2 and 4:45 pm in the 600 block of 2nd Avenue in Decatur. It looked like the suspects used a vehicle to force open a locked rear gate and then kicked in the back door. A neighbor reported seeing a beige SUV, believed to be a Ford Explorer, occupied by two men who were leaving the alley behind the victim’s residence at 2:30 pm. Police describe the driver of the beige SUV as a black male, with a light complexion and wearing a red baseball cap. Police said, “It is unknown if the vehicle described by the neighbor was involved, but due to time frame, location and method the crime was committed, this incident appears to be related.”

– Feb. 11, Tuesday – Atlanta Police responded to a call about a burglary in the 2000 block of Knox Street. The suspects had gotten in through a doggie door on the back entrance. Surveillance video showed a white Chevrolet Tahoe backing into the victim’s driveway and three to four suspects going to the back of the house and leaving between 1:33 pm and 1:41 pm.

– Feb. 13, Thursday – At 1 pm, Atlanta Police responded to an attempted burglary on First Avenue between Hosea Williams and Memorial Drive. The victim told police that the day before, Feb. 12, an unknown man knocked on his front door and asked for “Sally.” The victim said there was no one by that name living there. The man hesitated until a second adult who lives at the home appeared. The man who knocked on the door turned and left. On Feb. 13, at 1 pm, the same man knocked on the door and the residents of the home ignored it. The man then went to the victim’s back door and tried to kick it in. The homeowners started yelling at the man, and he ran to a white Chevrolet Tahoe with black door handles. There was another man sitting in the passenger seat. The man who knocked on the door both days is described as a black male, in his 20s, approximately 6 feet tall, slim build, light complexion, wearing brown boots and a large belt.

Editor’s note: Decatur Police have issued a new alert correcting some of the information contained in this story. This story has been updated to reflect this new information.