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Suspects involved in Decatur burglary and auto theft considered armed and dangerous

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Suspects involved in Decatur burglary and auto theft considered armed and dangerous

Photo by Dan Whisenhunt

Photo by Dan Whisenhunt

Decatur Police are warning that suspects driving a stolen Mazda around should be considered armed and dangerous.

Police first became aware of the suspects on Aug. 31 around 10:46 a.m., Lt. Jennifer Ross said. An officer responded to a burglary call in the 100 block of Mockingbird Lane. The victim said he  noticed the front door of a relative’s house was open and entered the house to check. He saw a bathroom window open. Officers noted the window screen was bent back and drawers in the home were open. A mattress had been moved and items were scattered on the floor in a bedroom.

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“The homeowner arrived and reported she left at approximately 8:40 a.m. and a laptop, two game systems a backpack and a jar of cash was missing,” Ross said. “Officers canvassed the area and located a neighbor who saw a tan sedan with a temporary license plate sitting with no lights on in the rain near Mockingbird Lane and Kathryn Avenue at approximately 9:45 a.m. At one point, the neighbor observed a dark skinned male in his late teens-early 20’s wearing a black hoodie and jeans exit the driver’s door and later saw a dark skinned male in his late teens-early 20’s wearing a gray hoodie exit the front passenger seat and two additional people, unknown description, exit the rear of the sedan and walk westbound on Kathryn Avenue. ”

Later Thursday evening, an officer went back to the same residence in response to a call about a stolen vehicle.

“Decatur Dispatch advised that a gray 2010 Mazda 3I bearing Georgia tag BMG3769 was just stolen and last seen heading toward Scott Boulevard,” Ross said. “Officers canvassed the area, but were unable to locate the Mazda. Officer Robinson met with the victim who reported she heard noise outside and saw vehicle lights in her driveway. She looked outside and observed her Mazda being driven across her yard. The victim reported the keys to the vehicle were missing from the burglary at the residence earlier in the day. Also, the Mazda has two ‘University of South Carolina’ stickers located on the rear of the vehicle.”

Atlanta Police spotted the car in the 1500 block of Hardee Street on Saturday, Sept. 2, but the vehicle fled when officers tried to make contact. The vehicle was seen again on Sunday, Sept. 3, at 4:45 a.m. at the scene of an entering auto in Cobb County.

“The victim in that case followed the Mazda while calling police and someone inside of the Mazda fired a gunshot at the victim,” Ross said. “The victim was not hit.”

Ross added, “Suspects are considered to be armed and dangerous. If you see this vehicle, DO NOT approach. Call 911 immediately.”

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