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UPDATE: Decatur resident arrested, accused of using pipe bomb to blow up ATM at North DeKalb Mall

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UPDATE: Decatur resident arrested, accused of using pipe bomb to blow up ATM at North DeKalb Mall

A bomb squad truck could be seen near the scene of a search warrant being executed near Westchester Elementary on Scott Boulevard. Photo by Dan Whisenhunt

This story has been updated. 

Decatur, GA — A law enforcement agency executed a search warrant at a home near Scott Boulevard in Decatur on Saturday morning, April 29.

DeKalb Police now say the warrant is connected to an ATM robbery at North DeKalb Mall that occurred on March 29. Decaturish wrote about the incident last month.

A spokesperson for the Police Department said, “The DeKalb County Police Department is investigating an incident that occurred on March 29, 2023, where an individual utilized a pipe bomb to detonate an ATM at 2052 Lawrenceville Hwy. Once detonated, the subject fled with a large amount of U. S. currency from the ATM.  The DeKalb County Police Department, in partnership with the ATF, FBI, and other local agencies, assisted in this investigation.  Through our investigation, a suspect was identified and taken into custody this morning at a location off of Scott Blvd. This is an ongoing investigation and no further details are available at this time.”

Here are photos of the ATM taken after the March 29 detonation and burglary. A garbage bag is covering what remains of the machine:

Photo provided to Decaturish.

Photo provided to Decaturish.

Photo provided to Decaturish.

Photo provided to Decaturish.

Photo provided to Decaturish.

Law enforcement officers were seen in the area around 7 a.m. on April 29. Police were still in the area around 12:21 p.m., according to accounts on social media.

A Decatur Police officer on the scene, who was not authorized to talk to the media, told a reporter that he only knew someone was executing a search warrant and there were no injuries. A bomb squad truck and a swat team, as well as numerous police vehicles, could be seen near the scene, which was located at Scott Boulevard near Westchester Elementary School.

The officer, who had limited information, said DeKalb County was executing it. A resident who lives near the scene contacted Decaturish to say, “We live right behind the active scene on Scott Boulevard. At 7 a.m., they were using a megaphone, saying that it was the FBI and residents of a Scott Boulevard address needed to come out with their hands up.”

Decaturish media partner Atlanta News First spoke to the FBI this morning, and the agency confirmed it has agents on the scene in the 700 block of Scott Boulevard.

“FBI agents were out conducting court-authorized activity in that area,” police officials confirmed to Atlanta News First.

At 9:38 a.m. on April 29, the FBI spokesperson said, “The swat situation has been completed, but there might still be activity in the area.”

The GBI is not on the scene at this time, a spokesperson for the agency said.

When a reporter left the scene, police blocked the road up to Scott Boulevard and Clairemont Avenue. A nearby resident walking her dog and studying the scene said she was relieved to hear no one was hurt.

This developing story will be updated when more information is available.


A swat team was visible outside a home on Scott Boulevard near Westchester Elementary on Saturday, April 29. Photo by Dan Whisenhunt

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