CLAYTON COUNTY, Ga. - Clayton County Police have released video of men they describe as suspects in a string of 22 robberies by snatching of phones and purses.
Authorities said the crimes have occurred since October through right before the New Year and said the crimes include the snatching of purses as women exit and enter their vehicles, phones from pockets, and mobile devices from the hands of men as they texted while walking.
Investigators said the men are described as working in a group of two to four people at a time and are between the ages of 15 to 21.
The crimes have occurred in the area of Tara Boulevard between Mount Zion Road and Upper Riverdale Road. Investigators said most of the victims were Hispanic women who were visiting businesses in the area including grocery stores, doctor's offices or cellular phone stores.
Clayton County Police call the patrol and awareness campaign "Dare to be Aware," and offered the following safety advice:
- Try to shop during daylight hours
- Do not get lost in text conversations in public
- Keep your purse and belongings close
- Make sure larger phones are secure and not easily grabbed from your pocket and store them where they are not visible
- Call 911 immediately to report suspicious activity.
Anyone with information on the crimes or persons in surveillance is asked to call Clayton County Police or Crime Stoppers at 404-577-TIPS.