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Decatur Police Investigate Burglaries

Decatur residents reported a large number of burglaries, attempted burglaries and thefts to police Feb. 13-19.

This information comes from Decatur police incident reports. Deputy Police Chief Keith Lee said it appears some of the incidents are related.

300 block of West Hill Street. An Apple Macbook valued at $2,000 was stolen from an office. The complainant said the theft happened between 6:15 a.m. Feb. 12 and 7 a.m. Feb. 13. There were no signs of forced entry.

200 block of Hilldale Drive. The house cleaner arrived the afternoon of Feb. 13 and found the back door open. Police said the backdoor was broken and the master bedroom rummaged through. A flat screen television set was lying on the ground in the back yard. Taken were a Nintendo Wii, a Kindle Fire and a purse.

200 block of Upland Road. The resident reported at 7 a.m. Feb. 14 that a 2001 black Chevrolet Tahoe was taken, along with an HP computer valued at $500-$1,000 from inside the house. The keys to a 2003 Honda Pilot also were missing. There were no signs of forced entry.

 100 block of Upland Road. A man reported Feb. 14 that a pair of binoculars was stolen from his house. He didn't notice the theft until he took a bag of compost to the backyard and found the empty binoculars case. A window screen was on the ground, but police said entry wasn't made through the window. Other valuables inside were not touched.

400 block of South Columbia Drive. The resident came home about 6:30 p.m. Feb. 14 and found the front and back doors open. Jewelry worth about $250 was taken from a dresser and the contents of the nightstand scattered across the bed.

300 block of Shadowmoor Drive. The house was entered through an unlocked rear basement window between 8 a.m. and 3:15 pm. Feb. 14. Stolen were two computer monitors worth about $2,000, two keyboards, a mouse pad and two flat-screen televisions worth about $1,000 each.

100 block of Willow Lane. Burglars broke into the house between 10:20 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Feb. 15, apparently by forcing a rear window. Taken were a Wii gaming system, an iPad, a flat-screen television, a Roku streaming system, a laptop and $8 in loose chance. Police said it looks like the burglars carried the loot away in pillow cases.

2500 block of Overlook Bluff. A Bosch stainless steel dishwasher, range and microwave were reported stolen Feb. 15 from a newly built house. No signs of forcible entry were found but the garage door was unlocked. 

100 block of Mimosa Drive. A woman called police about 7:15 p.m. Feb. 17 after noticing two young men in the back yard of her neighbor's house. When they saw her, they  fled in a black Volvo sedan with a paper tag and a round University of Georgia bulldog sticker on the middle of the rear bumper. There was no forced entry.

300 block of Mimosa Drive. A resident called police about 7:30 p.m. Feb. 17 and asked them to check the interior of the house. Police found nobody inside but noticed the power was off. An officer found a screen on a kitchen window pried off and collected two palm prints. A palm print was found on a window in back. The officer also found an unsecured junction box with the switch flipped to "off." Nothing was missing from inside the house.

100 block of Fourth Avenue. A woman called police midday Feb. 19 after observing two young men looking into the window of a neighbor's house. When they noticed the woman watching, they fled in a yellow Volkswagen sedan with a temporary tag. The resident arrived and said nothing was taken but noticed the electricity had been turned off at the electrical box outside. The first suspect was black, wearing a grey hooded sweat shirt and a yellow knit hat. The second suspect was black and wearing a dark-colored jacket.

Ms. February 23, 2013 at 01:40 PM
That's quite a list there
bulldogger February 23, 2013 at 08:32 PM
Yeah, it's looking more and more like we need a round the clock civilian watchforce to nip it in the bud. We really ought to be doing this anyway. Crime is on the rise and if bhusseino gets his way, we ain't gonna have any way to protect ourselves from these hoodlums and thugs. I'll be the first to volunteer if anyone's making a list of volunteers.
Tomathy February 25, 2013 at 02:10 PM
Bulldogger, Why don't you volunteer to start the list of volunteers instead of waiting for someone else to do something?
bee_sharp March 27, 2013 at 01:56 PM
Update on 100 block of Willow Ln. The house was broken into again on Feb. 20 in the middle of the day. They broke two windows and tossed the contents of the master bedroom but did not take anything.

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