Thieves pilfer more than 30 unlocked vehicles in early hours of Feb. 3, drive away in 2 of them

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Home surveillance video catches one auto burglar entering unlocked vehicle while others scurry around to get into nearby vehicles in south Peachtree City. Facebook video posted by Peachtree City Police Department.
Home surveillance video catches one auto burglar entering unlocked vehicle while others scurry around to get into nearby vehicles in south Peachtree City. Facebook video posted by Peachtree City Police Department.

More than 30 vehicles on Feb. 3 were entered in south Peachtree City and along Ga. Highway 74 south of the city. The investigation by the Peachtree City Police Department noted that two vehicles were also stolen and were recovered in DeKalb County.

The department posted a Facebook video of suspects entering vehicles. fb.watch/aZ2btnZhfA

“During the early morning hours of Feb. 3, a small group of suspects entered in excess of 30 unlocked vehicles parked at residences in the southern part of Peachtree City. There were several related instances in unincorporated Fayette County nearby. Both Peachtree City and Fayette County also had a vehicle stolen that was left unlocked with the keys inside,” according to the Peachtree City Police Department Facebook page.

The incidents in unincorporated Fayette included vehicles entered at five residences on Bontura Drive and Brechin Drive, off Ga. Highway 74 South and just south of the Wilshire Pavilion retail center, according to the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office.

This group only targeted vehicles that were unlocked. They were able to steal unsecured items such as tablets, handguns, cash, wallets, purses, ammunition, medication and other miscellaneous property, police said, adding that the affected neighborhoods in Peachtree City included Wilshire Estates and The Gates.

“Officers quickly began investigating after learning of the activity and alerted many of the victims that their car had been entered,” police said. “The stolen vehicle was identified and located before the owner awoke, and officers advised them of the incident.”

Both stolen vehicles were recovered in Dekalb County and have been processed for evidence, and some of the stolen property was also recovered, the Facebook post noted.

At this time, no suspects have been arrested but investigation is still ongoing as leads are pursued, according to police.

“Please be aware that home surveillance shows at least one suspect was armed,” police cautioned. “It is unclear at this time if they arrived armed or became so after taking a firearm from one of the unlocked vehicles.”

“So, if you do observe someone suspicious near your vehicles at night, please do not approach them, but do call 911 immediately,” police added.

The department advised that while investigators vigorously pursue suspects responsible for these crimes, please help us, yourself, and your community in the future by following these few tips, emphasizing that vehicles be locked at all times:

• Lock your cars.

• Do not leave valuables in your cars.

• Lock your cars.

• Have home surveillance with routinely changed batteries and proper configuration to alert you of night time motion.

• Lock your cars.

• If you see something, say something (to 911, not the bad guys).

• Lock your cars, the sheriff’s department urges.

24 COMMENTS

  1. So STF, 725 people charged and you cite over 1300 charges. Nearly half of those charges are basically criminal trespassing. I’d have to see the full list but probably a safe assumption that the mayhem was perpetrated by 100 or so of those charged (multiple charges for all).

    It’s all about equal application of the law and you have to be a pure partisan not to recognize the disparities in treatment (both by our government and media, but I repeat myself) when looking at the investigations and arguably unconstitutional detainment of Jan 6 suspects and the full throated defense of the BLM and Antifa rioters in 2020.

    The question is not if Jan 6 was a riot, the question is why this particular riot is so so dangerous to our sacred democracy. I seem to recall leftists laughing about how the Trump family was taken to the WH bunker in 2020 when leftist rioters were attacking for three nights, injuring dozens of secret service officers. No insurrection here? Instead Trump gets lambasted for getting a photo op at the historic church that the leftists tried to burn to the ground. You need to get off of the CNN / MSNBC drip.

    • Ptcalf – You will hear no argument from me justifying any of the BLM protests that became violent or broke the law. I hope these perpetrators will be prosecuted to the full extent of the law.

      The Jan 6 rioters also should be prosecuted for their lawless behavior. I merely cite what the Justice Department reports about these rioters. It was not a peaceful protest. Officers of the law were attacked and injured and there was significant property damage. If our readers are concerned about breaking into cars, they should be concerned about breaking into the U.S. Capitol to disrupt Congressional business and harm Congressional representatives and the Vice President. If the government can’t make cases against these rioters in a criminal court, so be it.

      I don’t blame Trump for taking cover in 2020 if the Secret Service thought he was in danger. I would hope any President would do this. His photo – op at the church seems to be an unwise exposure to danger for a silly reward, but yes, politicians do silly things all the time.

    • Here’s one for you ptcalf or Alan, another “patriot” or should I say Capitol insurrectionist was arrested today (Tuesday – 2-6). In addition to several misdemeanor charges, he also faces felony charges of assaulting officers, carrying a deadly or dangerous weapon, etc. But here’s the kicker. On Jan 6 (2021), he was out on bail for a first-degree attempted murder charge – allegedly shooting a teenager in the head outside of a NC Walmart. And the real kicker, he traveled to DC and participated in the assault on the Capitol – with his father by his side. Yep, a true father-son bonding moment, I guess.

  2. It’s a shame that a once nice docile community has became an attraction of the surrounding crime ridden counties of Atlanta. Take a stance and don’t let this become the norm. Arrest and prosecute to the fullest to send a message. Smash and grab now armed robbery next then what?

      • “Insurrections” LOL
        March to the capital
        “peacefully and patriotically” and make your voices heard = inciting treason. SMH
        No guns were recovered from the Capitol on January 6. Zero. Wow. They were going to overthrow the government unarmed. They were so menacing that security guards actually opened doors and politely ushered them in.

        No one was bludgeoned with a fire extinguisher. Unarmed Ashley Babbitt was the only person killed. The others? Heart attack, stroke, natural causes unrelated to fire extinguishers, etc.

        Some riots are more equal than others it seems. Some approved by people like Nancy Pelosi, Maxine Waters, the oligarchs of the Democrat party and brain dead sycophants like STF. Others get the FBI sweeping the country for “domestic terrorists” and the lords of Big Tech canceling people who defend the protesters’ cause.

        Here’s a short list of more realities that useful idiots like STF choose to ignore.
        *570 riots
        *2,300 instances of looting
        *over 2,000 law enforcement personnel injured
        *Over 600 incidents of arson, *including 97 patrol cars set on fire
        *barricading federal officers inside a courthouse and trying to set the building on fire
        *a Minneapolis police precinct headquarters set on fire
        *$BILLIONS in damage
        Morons like Maxine Waters egging them on.
        *Dozens killed and injured
        ….we can keep going, but WTH.

        Truth. Stranger than fiction, indeed.

        • Keep watching Fox News Bastiat, and so you can sanitize these insurrectionists. We can all believe our own eyes. Thankfully, the Jan. 6 Congressional investigation will not let this be swept under the rug. Many of these criminals have been arrested as well.

          But I do agree with you that the BLM protesters who acted violently should be prosecuted to the full extent of the law. We can also believe our own eyes about the incidents you list. We are free to adopt any cause we want, but not to act criminally to further those beliefs.

          • Bastiat – Here are the Department of Justice’s confirmed charges against the insurrectionists who attempted to disrupt the Congressional proceedings on January 6, 2021:

            One Year Since the Jan. 6 Attack on the Capitol

            Thursday, Jan. 6 2022, marks one year since the attack on the U.S. Capitol that disrupted a joint session of the U.S. Congress in the process of affirming the presidential election results. The government continues to investigate losses that resulted from the breach of the Capitol, including damage to the Capitol building and grounds, both inside and outside the building. According to a May 2021 estimate by the Architect of the Capitol, the attack caused approximately $1.5 million worth of damage to the U.S. Capitol building.

            Under the continued leadership of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia and the FBI’s Washington Field Office, the investigation and prosecution of those responsible for the attack continues to move forward at an unprecedented speed and scale. The Department of Justice’s resolve to hold accountable those who committed crimes on Jan. 6, 2021, has not, and will not, wane.

            Based on the public court documents, below is a snapshot of the investigation as of Thursday, Dec. 30, 2021.

            Arrests made: More than 725 defendants have been arrested in nearly all 50 states and the District of Columbia. (This includes those charged in both District and Superior Court).

            Criminal charges:

            More than 225 defendants have been charged with assaulting, resisting, or impeding officers or employees, including over 75 individuals who have been charged with using a deadly or dangerous weapon or causing serious bodily injury to an officer.
            Approximately 140 police officers were assaulted Jan. 6 at the Capitol including about 80 U.S. Capitol Police and about 60 from the Metropolitan Police Department.
            Approximately 10 individuals have been arrested on a series of charges that relate to assaulting a member of the media, or destroying their equipment, on Jan. 6.
            Approximately 640 defendants have been charged with entering or remaining in a restricted federal building or grounds.
            Over 75 defendants have been charged with entering a restricted area with a dangerous or deadly weapon.
            More than 45 defendants have been charged with destruction of government property, and over 30 defendants have been charged with theft of government property.
            At least 275 defendants have been charged with corruptly obstructing, influencing, or impeding an official proceeding, or attempting to do so.
            Approximately 40 defendants have been charged with conspiracy, either: (a) conspiracy to obstruct a congressional proceeding, (b) conspiracy to obstruct law enforcement during a civil disorder, (c) conspiracy to injure an officer, or (d) some combination of the three.

            Pleas:

            Approximately 165 individuals have pleaded guilty to a variety of federal charges, from misdemeanors to felony obstruction, many of whom will face incarceration at sentencing.
            Approximately 145 have pleaded guilty to misdemeanors. Twenty have pleaded guilty to felonies.
            Six of those who have pleaded guilty to felonies have pleaded to charges related to assaults on law enforcement. Four face statutory maximums of 20 years or more in prison as well as potential financial penalties. Two face statutory maximums of eight years in prison as well as potential financial penalties.

            Sentencings:

            Approximately 70 federal defendants have had their cases adjudicated and received sentences for their criminal activity on Jan. 6. Thirty-one have been sentenced to periods of incarceration. Eighteen have been sentenced to a period of home detention, and the other defendants have been sentenced to probation with no term of incarceration.

          • You are aware that Antifa infiltrated the J/6 protest right? Lots of video footage of them arriving on buses that day, also changing into Trump apparel. Trump supporters are on video stopping Antifa mob from smashing windows. Who gave these Antifa thugs inside help? I wouldn’t be surprised if Pelosi herself is involved in the faux insurrection. The truth is out there.

        • Peaceful? I damn near spit my late-morning coffee, Bastiat. I do recall hearing these so-called patriots and/or Trumplicans chanting that they wanted to kill the VP of the United States and members of Congress. Peaceful? Over 150 law enforcement officers were injured on that day defending the Capitol from the misguided and misinformed – aka, subverts on our democracy.