Editor's note: Twice in the last two weeks, Decatur Police sent messages to city residents explaining they were investigating reports of mail theft in city neighborhoods including in Lenox Place. On Friday night, Sgt. Jennifer S. Ross said a pair of juvenile suspects had been brought into custody. In an email from Sgt. Ross:
Decatur Police have been investigating a series of
mail thefts reported in late January in the Lenox Place neighborhood and
earlier this week in the Glendale/East Ponce de Leon Avenue/Sycamore
In earlier messages to the Decatur
community, we have asked that you call police immediately if you
observe suspicious behavior.
We would like to express a tremendous
thank you to the Winnona Park resident who quickly called in this
morning to report witnessing two males going through mailboxes
on Avery Street. Her immediate response, detailed physical
description, explanation of what behavior she witnessed and direction of
travel allowed officers to strategically approach the area, locate the
suspects and recover mail that had been stolen from
14 locations throughout the Winnona Park and Oakhurst neighborhoods
Several checks were included in the recovered items.
Additional investigation has revealed these are the same suspects from
the previously reported mail thefts in the Lenox
Place neighborhood in January and earlier this week in the
Glendale/East Ponce de Leon Avenue/Sycamore Street area.
The suspects, both juvenile males from Decatur, have been charged with multiple counts of theft. The resident who called to report what she saw is to be commended for her awareness and quick response.