Two of the teens suspected of breaking into cars in Summerhill. Image courtesy of the APD.
The Atlanta Police Department is asking for the public’s help in identifying a group of teenagers who are allegedly linked to a series of car break-ins in Southeast Atlanta’s Summerhill neighborhood.
On Nov. 18, two male suspects were recorded breaking into a BMW and stealing a wallet from inside (above). The video (below) shows five juveniles entering vehicles on Nov. 24., according Officer Stephanie Brown, a police department spokesperson. Both incidents occurred on Martin Street, and residents have informed police that the juvenile suspects may congregate around 600 Martin Street.
At this time investigators believe these suspects are connected to multiple car break-ins in the area and the investigation is on-going, according to police materials. Over the past 30 days there have been 12 theft from auto calls in the neighborhood, and over the 30 days prior to that, there were 16.
“We encourage residents to refrain from leaving any items of value in their vehicles, which may encourage opportunistic criminal behavior,” Brown told Atlanta Loop. “We are aware of the incidents in the Summerhill neighborhood and will have units focus their patrols in the affected areas, especially during times when these recent crimes have occurred.”
Information related to these cases can be submitted anonymously to the Crime Stoppers Atlanta tip line at 404-577-TIPS (8477) or online at www.stopcrimeatl.com. Those submitting information do not have to give their name or any personal information and may be eligible for a cash reward.