Caller helps catch two burglars
CONYERS — Conyers police were able to quickly catch two burglars in progress in the Hunting Creek subdivision thanks to an anonymous caller on Monday.
Terry Burris-Bent, 19, of Lithonia and John Blackwell, 20, of Conyers, were arrested and charged with first degree burglary.
An anonymous caller tipped off police on Monday, Sept. 17, around 1:11 p.m. that there was a burglary in progress at 1759 Ridge Court in the Hunting Creek subdivision near Ga. Highway 138. The caller described two black males in a green Ford Explorer who were leaving the house at 1759 Ridge Court.
When Conyers police officer Chase Pate arrived, after talking with the anonymous caller, he went to a nearby town home 1762 Fox Chase Court and saw two men, Burris-Bent and Blackwell, leaving the town home.
Burris-Bent reportedly told the officer that he and Blackwell were told there was an abandoned town home in the Hunting Creek subdivision and they could make some extra money by removing appliances from the town home. Officer Pate checked the Explorer and saw a stove/oven combination in the back. Officers on the scene also discovered door handles missing from the Ridge Court residence.
“Being alert and aware of your surroundings and suspicious activity taking place in your neighborhood is crucial to helping us do our job,” said Chief of Police Gene Wilson. “I commend the citizen who alerted us to this criminal activity and encourage those who feel safe to do so, to please report anything that might assist the police in taking criminals off of our streets.” Dogwood Drive showed three young black males at the front window of the store.
According to Conyers police reports, one subject began to throw a large rock repeatedly at the double-pane glass and kick the window in an attempt to break a hole large enough to enter.
The first suspect who came through had black jeans, T-shirt and sneakers along with a red and dark blue baseball cap and a white shirt tied around his face. The second suspect who entered had a blue hoodie, red and dark blue baseball cap, gray jeans, gray Nike sneakers. The third suspect has a black T-shirt and jeans, a red bandana around the lower half of his face, and a bleached blonde streak in his hair.
This last suspect also briefly pulled out a black hand gun which he put back in his pocket.
“Burglars usually don’t have guns,” said CPD Lt. Jack Dunn. “That’s a dangerous situation, had an officer pulled up or was there an employee inside.”
The suspects went straight for three flat screen TVs, ranging from 37 to 42 inches. “They knew where what they wanted was,” said Dunn. The TVs could also be seen from the roadway, said Dunn.
Anyone with information on the incident is asked to call Conyers Police Sgt. Chris Moon at (770) 929-4206 or chris.moon@ conyersga.com.
Crimestoppers of Atlanta is offering $1,000 cash reward for information leading to an arrest in this case; call (404) 577-TIPS or visit crimestoppersatlanta.org/UnsolvedCrimes-110.