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Decatur Mail Theft Suspects Arrested

Alert Winnona Park resident assists Decatur police bringing into custody a pair of juveniles suspected of stealing mail in city neighborhoods.

Both juvenile males from Decatur have been charged with multiple counts of theft. Credit: Patch file/Kirsten Dize
Both juvenile males from Decatur have been charged with multiple counts of theft. Credit: Patch file/Kirsten Dize

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 Street area. 

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 this morning. 

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. 

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