Public Safety

Published on September 10th, 2015 |


69 car break-ins in 2 days likely focus for APD chief’s Buckhead public forum

Atlanta Police Chief George Turner will face an audience at a Buckhead public safety community meeting Thursday (Sept. 10) at 6:30 p.m. that will likely want answers about the more than 50 vehicle break-ins that have taken place at residential complexes in the community during the past week.

The public safety community meeting, which will be held at The Lodge, 3417 Roswell Road, is a forum specifically for Buckhead residents to express their concerns to Chief Turner about crime and

Atlanta Police Chief George Turner at a recent Buckhead 50 Club meeting.

Atlanta Police Chief George Turner at a recent Buckhead 50 Club meeting.

related activity in Buckhead, which will likely include home invasions and burglaries.

There was a total of 69 car break-ins in the city of Atlanta in a span of just two days early in this week, and only 11` of those were outside of APD’s Zone 2, which includes all of Buckhead.

APD Zone 2 Commander Major Van Hobbs and Zone 2 Community Prosecutor ________ at a recent meeting of the Neighborhood Planning Unit-B board.

APD Zone 2 Commander Major Van Hobbs and Zone 2 Community Prosecutor Elizabeth Morrow at a recent meeting of the Neighborhood Planning Unit-B board.

The targets have included Hondas and Toyotas, vans, cars, SUVs and a vintage Rolls Royce, according to an Atlanta Journal-Constitution report based on police reports. The bounty has included laptops, cellphones and a Fulton County marshal’s service weapon.

The locations have included the standard apartment complexes and neighborhoods, as well as a combination fire station-Zone 2 police precinct on Hollywood Road in northwest Atlanta.

“I would say this is somewhat out of the ordinary,” Elizabeth Espy, director of public affairs for the Atlanta Police Department told the AJC. “Crime ebbs and flows, but to have this many car break-ins in one night (Tuesday) is unusual.”

Tuesday’s break-ins included at least 30 at one Buckhead complex, the Terraces at Peachtree condominiums, at the corner of Peachtree Road and Biscayne Drive in south Buckhead. In addition, there were a total of 13 more break-ins on Tuesday at three other locations: the Elle of Buckhead apartments on Pharr Road, a condo building in the 2600 block of Peachtree Road and Fire Fulton County Station 28.

Police said the victims were attending a community meeting at the firehouse and returned to find their cars broken into around 12:40 p.m.—in broad daylight—according to the AJC story. The firehouse/police precinct are outside of the Buckhead borders but in the Zone 2 area.

On Wednesday, three groups of break-ins were reported. Fourteen cars — including one belonging to a Fulton County marshal — were hit at the Berkeley Heights apartments on Northside Drive,

APD Deputy Chief Joseph Spillane

APD Deputy Chief Joseph Spillane

just across I-75 from Buckhead. . The marshal’s service weapon was among the items reported stolen.

Seven other cars were broken into along the 700 block of Sidney Marcus Boulevard, and five more on Virginia Place, a street in the Peachtree Hills neighborhood of Buckhead.

During a Tuesday afternoon news conference, Atlanta police Deputy Chief Joseph Spillane said at least “six or seven” locations of recent break-ins are believed to be connected. The suspects are believed to be young males, and they act “very quickly,” said.the former Zone 2 commander.

“In and out, smashing windows, grabbing anything they could see from the outside of the car, and then quickly leaving and going to another location,” Spillane said.

Atlanta police spokeswoman Kim Jones said previously that the group of suspects was believed be traveling in a gold Honda CRV, a black SUV and a gray van. Detectives collected blood samples left on one of the victimized vehicles, and the suspects dropped a flashlight at one of the crime scenes, Jones said.

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