HENRY COUNTY, Ga. - Gwinnett County Police say they've had a big break in their effort to unravel a notorious burglary crew.
Investigators have some distinctive surveillance pictures and video of five men involved in what they describe as a well-organized crime spree that has plagued metro Atlanta for months.
The pictures were taken at the QuikTrip on Stone Mountain Highway in Gwinnett County.
“There goes a guy right there, here comes another perp,” said Corporal Wilbert Rundles, with the Gwinnett County Police Department as he pointed a computer screen with surveillance video.
"Perp," it’s police talk for the perpetrator of a crime, which Rundles said applies to the five men who met at the QT store to pull off their next big job.
“This crew appears to be part of a larger crew that has been hitting the metro area for the past six to eight months at least in multiple counties,” said Rundles.
He said this time the five men first met at the QT then several of them headed over to Hertz Rental next door where they stole a gray Nissan Altima. All the while the store crew, now outside the QT, is in touch with the crooks at Hertz.
“They are communicating via cell phone so we got one looking out to see anything suspicious,” said Rundles.
He said the men left in the stolen Nissan and a dark Mercedes they arrived in, hightailing it to Henry County where they proceeded to burglarize at least five businesses.
“They have been targeting food marts, gas stations, laptop stores, computer stores, cell phone stores,” said Rundles.
QT customer Brenda Johnson wants the men caught.
“They are dangerous to everybody,” said Johnson.
Investigators tell FOX 5 News the burglary crew in this case earlier this month and during other rip-off jobs have entered businesses in the early morning hours with a pry tool and have been in and out in minutes. So far they’ve managed to avoid any dangerous confrontations.
“Somebody is going to get hurt. They need to be caught, they should be caught,” said Johnson.
Gwinnett County Police hope a $2,000 Crime Stoppers reward will spur someone to identify some of the five men.
Tipsters can remain anonymous by calling 404-577-TIPS.