Public Safety

Published on June 21st, 2015 |


Police making arrests in Whitewater Park vehicle break-ins

In response to reports early in June of several cars being broken into in the Whitewater Park area along the Chattahoochee River, police activity has resulted in eight arrests linked to such incidents at the park, according to a report by the Mt. Paran-Northside Citizens Association.

The east Palisades section of the Chattahoochee River Park system.where thieves are breaking into parked cars.

The east Palisades section of the Chattahoochee River Park system.where thieves are breaking into parked cars.

Some stolen items have been recovered as a result of those arrests, according to the report. Residents are being warned to be vigilant about safety in the park, to not leave any valuables in their cars and to lock their cars.

(For the earlier BuckheadView story about the vehicle break-ins at the park, click here.)

On June 8, a couple who were hiking the Whitewater Trail returned to find their car broken into. The back right window was broken and glass shattered all over the back seat. Two items were stolen, a hip sack and prescription eyeglasses.

On Saturday, June 13 at 11 p.m., an Uber driver who missed her turn to pick up a client pulled into 4500 Harris Trail to turn around. A dark colored sedan, with four African Americans in it, pulled in behind the Uber driver, blocking her from leaving.

The Uber driver was approached by two armed African Americans, who were demanding money. The perpetrators stole two cell phones and her car. Due to the diligent efforts of the police, one person is in custody and warrants are pending on the other perpetrators.

As a result of the Harris Trail and Whitewater Trial crimes, The Mt. Paran-Northside Association’s security officers increased patrols in those areas where the crimes had occurred, while assuring they sufficiently covered the rest of the neighborhood, the MPNCA reported.

“We now have 70 hours for security patrols in our neighborhood,” the emailed report stated. “The officers are in our neighborhood seven days a week with the exception of the Sandy Springs neighborhood.”

The emailed report said Sandy Springs residents have been told the officers can only conduct house checks in their neighborhood.


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