Caller helps catch two bur­glars

The Covington News - - Around the Region -

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@ cony­

Crimestop­pers of At­lanta is of­fer­ing $1,000 cash re­ward for in­for­ma­tion lead­ing to an ar­rest in this case; call (404) 577-TIPS or visit crimestop­per­sat­­solvedCrimes-110.

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