Braselton residents on alert after series of holiday crimes

- A Braselton neighborhood is on alert after a series of holiday season thefts of high-end expensive trucks.

Braselton police said they are studying surveillance video, but still need the public's help.

“I definitively need the truck I work out of that truck so we'll see what happens,” said Jason Ellis, who had his Ford F-350 valued at $75,000 stolen from his driveway.

“We do have persons of interest as far as vehicles and who we want to talk to,” said Braselton Assistant Police Chief Lou Solis.

Investigators are studying surveillance pictures of two shadowy figures who they called persons of interest. Solis suspects the same two men were in a dark truck which was recorded in the area the same morning when the truck belonging to Ellis and two other high-end pickups were stolen.

“They’re professionals and this is what they live for this is their holiday season as well,” said the assistant chief.

Ellis changed his garage door codes after his opener was stolen with his truck. Braselton police have increased patrols as neighbors compared notes after other recent crimes in the neighborhood.

“They actually took my checks from my mailbox when they saw my flag was up and I’d just put the checks in there,” said Shere Cook.

Whether stolen checks or stolen trucks, residents of this Braselton neighborhood said they are their own best protection.

“We’re watching each other. We know what’s going on. We’re paying attention. We do have surveillance on our neighborhood and it’s not going to go unnoticed if it happens again,” said resident Krista Shields.

Braselton Police ask anyone with information to give them a call.

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