LILBURN, Ga. (FOX 5 Atlanta) - Police are searching for a trio of burglars with a penchant toward home break-ins around Lilburn. Two of the suspects were caught on camera, but the third suspect’s shoes were the only thing cameras picked up.
Surveillance video showed one man with a “haters gonna hate” T-shirt at the front of a home checking to make sure no one was inside. From another angle at the home, two more men were seen in the backyard one with a mask the other’s face not seen. Police said all three appeared to have broken into this home in unincorporated Lilburn around 9 a.m. on July 18.
“They had bars on the back and they took the bars off. It tells me they were desperate, they were desperate,” said Barbara Mayo, who lives near the home which was burglarized.
She said residents in the Stonewalk subdivision are keeping each other informed about the trio of burglars who, according to police, ripped off their neighbor of jewelry and high-end clothing.
Gwinnett County police said the night after, the same three appear to have been involved in a similar burglary nearby in the city of Lilburn. Investigators released a photo of a Nissan Sentra, the alleged getaway car in that break-in.
“I know if the same newer model grey Nissan Sentra was used in both crimes but we at least have a vehicle description to go along with the suspect descriptions,” said Corp. Michele Pihera, with the Gwinnett County Police Department.
Investigators are comparing notes on the two crimes including evidence from the first house. It includes a picture of this athletic shoe and muddy shoe prints to hopefully match.
“Sometimes suspects wear the same shoes in several different crimes,” said Corp. Pihera
Residents are hoping police will find the three crooks who are so far have gone unchecked, but may have left behind evidence in muddy prints and pictures of them and their car to put an end to their crime spree.
“They need to understand whomever is doing this that we are fully on the watch in this neighborhood,” said Mayo.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Gwinnett County Police Department or Crime Stoppers at 404-577-TIPS. Tipsters could be eligible for a $2,000 reward and can remain anonymous.