COLLEGE PARK - College Police said they've made major arrests in the takedown of a car break-in gang that could be linked to thousands of entering auto cases in metro Atlanta.
Police announced five arrests in the gang, including the man they describe as the "ringleader" 23-year-old Dante Bell.
Authorities said Bell had 40 warrants for his arrest. Police said Bell was known for brandishing weapons and threatening law enforcement on social media.
Police said the crew was known for breaking into dozens of cars a day in cities across Fulton and Clayton counties, and stealing vehicles for their crimes from as far as DeKalb County. Authorities said they would also target vehicles and especially trucks for unattended guns, spotting pro-second amendment bumper stickers as a tell-tale sign of a gun in a car.
Bell was apprehended Tuesday after East Point Police were called to the Camp Creek Marketplace on reports of cars being broken into in the Target parking lot; police said Bell fired a shot, eluded police and fled the scene.
Authorities later apprehended Bell and another suspect, Quentin Jones, 19.
More arrests are pending, College Park Police said.