Public Safety

Published on May 18th, 2015 |


Neighborhood groups warn of increase in burglary activity

Both the Garden Hills and Mt. Paran-Northside neighborhood associations are warning their residents to be vigilant and watch out for people attempting to burglarize homes in Buckhead—including in broad daylight.

The following are security alerts reported by the Garden Hills Security Patrol as well as neighboring Peachtree Heights East.

The roundabout welcomes visitors to Garden Hills neighborhood from East Wesley Drive.

The roundabout welcomes visitors to Garden Hills neighborhood from East Wesley Drive.

The five-month good crime record in Garden Hills got shattered on May 12 when there were three burglaries during the day- estimated between 9:00 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Two occurred on East Wesley between Bolling Way and Acorn Ave/Rumson with the third occurring in the 100 block of Bolling Way.

Forced entry was made and apparently only $100 was taken from one of the homes. No one was home when the entry was made. Electronic items were visible as well as some jewelry- none of this type of property was taken. Very unusual for a residential burglary.

The Police attempted to obtained finger prints in each home, but were unsuccessful, according to the account in the Garden Hills email Town Crier newsletter. None of the neighbors were able to contribute any information as to suspicious persons or activity.

This is the time of year when there is an onslaught of people going door-to-door soliciting yard work or selling items. Many times these folks are checking to see if anyone is home. Police advise do not hire these people and do not buy products/items from them.

Also last week, there was an attempted break-in on Brookwood Drive in Peachtree Heights East neighborhood. A Caucasian male, dressed in billed cap and colorful, short-sleeved shirt knocked on the front door and then attempted to open it.

The man then made his way to the back of the house where the home owner yelled from the deck. At this point he retreated (with a shovel in his hand). The homeowner later discovered that the pet door had been broken.

A break-in occurred later in the week on Shenandoah Avenue in Peachtree Hills. The home was empty at the time other than the family dog that was crated. The home was entered via a back window that was forced open. The homeowner reports that their silverware and jewelry were taken and the home was ransacked.

There also was a break-in on East Wesley just outside of Peachtree Heights East in Garden Hills. The homeowner states burglars left a crowbar in the house which they used to smash in the back door. The drawers and cabinets had been rifled through yet the iPad, silver and jewelry were not taken.

The northern part of Buckhead has had its recent problems as well. On Friday, May 8, at 1:50pm, just outside the boundary of the Mt. Paran-Northside Citizens Association in the 4800 Block of Northside Drive, a brazen attempted burglary occurred.

As the homeowner watched on her cameras from inside her house, she saw a red Ford SUV pull into her driveway and proceed to push its way through the gate, tearing it off the hinges and cracking the brick columns. Through the intercom she told them that she was on the phone with 911.
After knocking down the gate, the car turned around and left the scene. When the Sandy Springs police arrived, the homeowner filed a police report and showed them the footage from her security camera. It appears that two men were in the vehicle. Police hope to identify the car by the license tag in the video.

On April 30, there also was a report of a suspicious black SUV pulling into someone’s driveway near the corner of Northside and Mt. Paran. The homeowner said that the car left when he saw someone come out of the front door.

As always, remain vigilant and call 911 to report suspicious behavior or crime.

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    One Response to Neighborhood groups warn of increase in burglary activity

    1. Rumson Rd Neighbor says:

      I live very near Peachtree on Rumson

      two weeks ago someone tried to break in my front door at 11:45pm.

      I shouted through the door that I would call the police and then dialed 911 – it disconnected on me the first time. 2nd dialing got to dispatch and an officer was here in 3-4 minutes but the person had fled by then.

      same thing had happened to my neighbor two doors over at midnight the same week (but different night) although he did not call the police.

      All of the activity at my place was about a week prior to the incidents reported in this story.

      thanks for the good reporting, Buckhead View!!

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