ATLANTA - Atlanta police have taken 11 people into custody for a series of mailbox break-ins and thefts plaguing an East Atlanta community.
Officers saw two suspects and then canvassed the Old Fourth Ward neighborhood on Thursday. Police said one suspect acted as a lookout while the other began prying open mailboxes.
Those two suspects were taken into custody and told officers about a stash of stolen mail being held in a nearby hotel.
That discovery led to the arrest of the nine other suspects.
Jeffery Ward, 27, Rodericus Seay, 22, Antwan Manuel, 28, Darius Snow, 28, Quan Kimbrough, 34, Decquist Dubois, 36, Timothy Diggs, 22, Steven Osby,24, Michael Williams, 36, Deangelos Robertson, 36, and Deshon Snulligan were each charged with theft by taking, criminal damage to property, loitering or prowling, obstruction of officers, burglary, and distribution of drug-related objects, police said.
Investigators also said at least two of them may be connected to other criminal investigations.