Crime Blotter: Avondale Police Nab Two Burglar Suspects; Four Other Unrelated Burglaries off Katie Kerr
In other news: Four homes were burglarized in same area of unincorporatedDeKalb since mid-January; City of Decatur Police looking for suspect in auto break-ins
Police nabbed two suspects who allegedly broke into a home on Chatsworth Drive in Avondale Estates on Tuesday, Jan. 25.
A witness, Scot VanPelt noticed the would-be burglars enter the Chatworth Drive residence and immediately called Avondale Estates police. He said it was the same house that had been burglarized Friday, Jan. 21.
"The [burglars] stood there watched me as I took some groceries into the house," VanPelt said. "Then I saw them go into the neighbors house. I called 911. I then approached them. They said they were looking for somebody, then they took off."
VanPelt said he stayed in contact with 911 until the police showed up.
Cpl. Tom Gillis and Cpl. R. Henise with Avondale Police were in the area and approached the suspects-- 17-year-old Daris Burnett, a senior at Avondale High School, and 17-year-old Lashana Walker, a junior -- who were on foot. Sgt. J. Bowen assisted in the arrests.
Cpl. Gillis said it's unclear if the suspects have any connection to the burglary at the same residence a week ago.
"The suspects had no weapons, no knives, not even nail clippers," Gillis said. "They did not even have cell phones."
In other crime news, four homes were burglarized since January 16 off Katie Kerr Drive in the neighborhoods in the unincorporated section , according to DeKalb County police records. Two other burglaries happened in Decatur-Avondale Estates Patch area during the same timeframe, including one in City of Decatur.
Most of the burglaries occurred just after 9 a.m. during the work week.
A list of the burglaries are as follows:
- 2800 block of Royal Bluff on Thursday, Jan. 27 at 9:46 a.m.
- 1000 block of Ashbury Drive on Tuesday, Jan. 25 at 9:45 a.m.
- 200 block Forest Glen Circle (just off Rockbridge Road) on Tuesday, Jan. 25 at 11:10 a.m.
- 1000 block of Ashbury Drive on Friday, Jan. 21 at 9 a.m.
- 800 block of Ashwood Walk on Sunday, Jan. 16 at 4:49 p.m.
- 800 block of Pinetree Circle in City of Decatur on Thursday, Jan. 13 at 4 p.m.
If you have any tips that can help police solve these crimes, please contact your respective police departments. For City of Decatur police, contact 404-373-6551. For DeKalb County police, contact 678-937-2852.
City of Decatur police report that three cars were broken into on Jan. 24, and they released a sketch of the suspect in at least one of the incidents. In all of the cases, the car windows were smashed.
The thefts happened at the following addresses:
- 127 Vidal Blvd. in Decatur at 11:55 a.m.. Nothing stolen.
- 117 Northern Avenue in Decatur at 12:13 p.m. More than $1,500 in cash and other items stolen, including the person's social security card.
- 215 Lucerne St., in Decatur at approximately 1 p.m.
If you have any tips that can help police solve these crimes, please contact the City of Decatur police, contact 404-373-6551.