Atlanta police are trying to track down a criminal they believe has been on a frenzy of vehicle break-ins. According to WSB-TV Atlanta, police have surveillance from three people, showing a man breaking into their vehicles.
The incidents span from DeKalb County to Decatur, as police are feverishly working to bring this man to justice. They have learned a lot about the suspect’s techniques for breaking into vehicles and are hoping this information will lead to his eventual arrest. The news source reported that in one of the videos the man broke a truck window, climbed into the vehicle, searched for items to steal, then got out and took a flashlight to the truck bed, looking for anything he could get his hands on.
It’s criminals like this that remind owners to take extra precautions when leaving their vehicles outside at night. For instance, secure truck bed storage is available that would make it impossible for a guy with a flashlight to access contents in a truck bed. Other precautions, like lock boxes inside a car, also make it a struggle for thieves, especially for someone using the smash-and-grab technique like this suspect.
Police have reason to believe this one man is responsible for as many as 50 car break-ins in the Dekalb, Decatur and Atlanta area. Lt. Brain DeLoach told the news source that the video evidence will likely lead to his eventual arrest, but it’s going to come down to the witnesses in order to convict him.
“Somebody recognizes this individual - that’s going to be the No. 1 way we catch this guy,” DeLoach said.
However, DeLoach did indicate that police managed to lift a fingerprint from one of the vehicles. They have yet to send the print to the lab for testing, so they are hoping to get a hit.