String of burglaries in southeast Atlanta

- Southeast Atlanta and DeKalb County homeowners met with police Wednesday night, concerned over the rash of break-ins  with crooks kicking in their doors and stealing their belongings.

Community members met in an emergency meeting with Atlanta Police and DeKalb Police at the DeKalb County Fire Station 6 off Flat Shoals Road, where authorities updated community members with the latest findings on the search for two groups of thieves behind a majority of the break-ins. 

As of Wednesday night, police said three stolen cars, including a Volvo and Toyota Camry seen at other crime scenes had been recovered and are being processed for evidence. 

Atlanta Police concede there has been an uptick in home burglaries in southeast Atlanta and unincorporated DeKalb County over the last month.

FOX 5 News received a tip from residents about the break-ins Monday, but homeowners said at least six burglaries have happened in the neighborhood so far this week. Police tell FOX 5,  there could be at least ten burglaries tied to the uptick of crime. 

In one case, intruders stole two flat screen TVs, jewelry, and valuables that can't be replaced.

"I work hard to pay for them, my brother's ashes, my mother's jewelry those things are never going to be replaced, ever," homeowner Sharon Rogers complained.

Rogers has lived in southeast Atlanta for 28 years without a problem.

Homeowner Kelly Dundon house was burglarized at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday while she was gone to the doctor. She almost expected it.

"It really does happen to everyone else, so it's just a matter of time that no one is home and they decide our house is next," Dundon said.

Mothers in the area gathered during their mid-morning walk Wednesday to trade stories about who got hit that day. From McPherson Avenue to Blake Avenue and a whole lot of streets in between, homeowners said they almost feel like the bad guys they are taking pictures of with their high tech security systems, are winning.

"I'm nervous. With the continued frequency of this happening, it seems like a daily offense. People's packages keep getting taken off the front doorstep. We all are kinda nervous now," homeowner Jill Dehihns remarked.

Atlanta Police Major Timothy Peek said his officers located a stolen Volvo that has been on the scene in at least five of these burglaries. Investigators said he is hopeful the evidence investigators found in the stolen truck will lead to some suspects.

Wednesday night, investigators advised residents to practice safety precautions to protect their homes over the holidays while these criminals are still on the loose, to include better lighting, security cameras, alarms, trimming hedges for visibility, and watching out for strangers in the neighborhood. 

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