Suspects arrested in 17 break-ins in Cobb County
by Lindsay Field
February 08, 2013 12:00 AM | 16411 views | 16 16 comments | 26 26 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Jaquori Harris
Jaquori Harris
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Jontavius Dearra Clark
Jontavius Dearra Clark
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Malloy Bernard Brooks
Malloy Bernard Brooks
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Richard Lee Burgess
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An east Cobb resident said it wasn’t until after intruders heard him loading his gun that they decided to leave his home, stealing only a laptop and a pistol.

Lynn Keenum, who lives in a subdivision off Lower Roswell Road, is one of 17 homeowners in the area whose homes were burglarized in the middle of the night between Jan. 17 and Jan. 26.

“At around 2:50 a.m., we heard the door beep, and then the next thing we see is a flashlight going through the house,” Keenum said. “I yelled at whomever was in the house to get out, but that didn’t do any good, so only after hearing the sound of a gun being loaded did they make an attempt to leave.”

Four suspects have been arrested — Jontavius Dearra Clark, 26, of Austell; Jaquori Harris, 20, of College Park; 48-year-old Malloy Bernard Brooks and 64-year-old Richard Lee Burgess, both of Atlanta. They have been charged in connection with a string of home and car burglaries in neighborhoods off Lower Roswell Road east of Johnson Ferry Road.

The four suspects were charged with felony burglary and entering automobiles.

Clark, Harris and Brooks, who remain in the Cobb County Jail without bond, were arrested Monday during a traffic stop near Lower Roswell and Johnson Ferry roads.

Burgess was arrested Wednesday at an apartment on Martin Luther King Jr. Drive in Atlanta while officers executed a search warrant. He remains in the Fulton County Jail without bond.

Stolen items were recovered from both the car and Burgess’ home, including a $35,000 Gucci crocodile purse, iPads and iPods, credit cards, wallets, laptops and cellphones.

‘Crimes of opportunity’

Lt. Destiny Davidson, a detective with Precinct 4 in east Cobb, said the suspects, all identified with the help of detectives from Clayton County, Atlanta, Roswell and Smyrna, are possibly connected with up to 30 burglaries throughout metro Atlanta.

She described the burglaries as “crimes of opportunity,” meaning the homeowners had each left their garage doors up, cars unlocked and possibly the doors into their homes through the garage unlocked on the nights of the burglaries.

“It was brazen,” Davidson said when asked about the burglaries. “Normally, residential burglaries happen during the daytime hours when the thieves believe that people are at work or not at home.”

Keenum said the night his home was robbed, he and his wife had left the garage door open and car doors unlocked.

“It’s not something that we do, but it was a one in a million time that we didn’t close the door that night,” he said.

Homeowners change habits

Since that night, the couple has made sure all of their doors are closed and locked, and Keenum said they even changed procedures, including where they put their purse and wallet at home. They have also upgraded their home’s security by installing cameras with voice recognition and glass-breaking motion detectors.

“We realized that we just had things we needed to do, but the fact that these guys have been caught is very good,” he said.

As for the pistol that was stolen, Keenum said it hasn’t been recovered.

Davidson said other stolen items are slowly being returned to the homeowners, though.

She also reminds residents to continue the habit of securing all home entrances at night, removing valuables from cars, especially firearms, and leaving exterior lighting on.

“These measures go a long way toward preventing similar future crimes,” she said.

Anyone with additional information on the case is asked to contact Cobb Police at (770) 499-3962.
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MAY-RETTA SURVIVOR
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February 08, 2013
These people aree a totalo disgrace! Given every opportunity to "advance" and improve themselves...often by giving them preference, they revert to type.
thewordman
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February 10, 2013
man this been going on for more then 3yrs with this crew that shows you crime does pay but it also pays in the area of punishment and now there looking at the big pay back.
Just Wait
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February 08, 2013
Funny how the east Cobbers believe that no one would touch there stuff, so it is O.K. to leave cars and houses unlocked. Morons.
anonymous
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February 08, 2013
It was a mistake! These people do not think they are any less likely to be burgarize than the next person. If you read the aritcle it was a one in a million chance that they would leave their garage door open!
Da Truth
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February 07, 2013
Here's proof that when you name your son Jontavius they'll only make it out of Clayton County by transport to the Telfair State Prison.
!Stan!
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February 08, 2013
I bet the citizens of Cobb County will REALLY want a Marta line now.
Colin McMackin
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February 07, 2013
Any more descriptions on what was stolen? i had my car broken into in the ssme area and had every piece of lacrosse equipment i owned stolen. easily two grand worth of stuff gone. would be great to hear my stuff was found.
ECobber
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February 08, 2013
You may want to contact the East Cobb police or go to the office on Lower Roswell Road to see if they will work with the other police departments on what the low-lifers stole.
Just Wait
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February 09, 2013
Part of the problem. There is no "East Cobb Police," only Cobb County Police with a precinct in east Cobb.
VFP42
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February 07, 2013
Finally, the crime ridden strip mall and traffic sprawl called East Cobb is actually called East Cobb by the MDJ!

Good job! Keep up the good work! Maybe Marietta can finally start to shed its undeserved image of backwardness imbued upon it by its neighboring unincorporated areas.
Flooby
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February 08, 2013
Maybe in YOUR mind Marietta has that image. What is 'imbued' mean?
anonymous
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February 07, 2013
Burgess was executing a search warrant when he was arrested? That's a new one. Keep the comedy coming, MDJ!
Betsey Ross
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February 08, 2013
Learn to read, dude. The story says, "...while officers executed a search warrant." You know what that means, right?

Wow, you don't like newspapers, do you?

As for the traffic stop that netted these career criminals, WAY TO GO, traffic cop! Obviously if you were not on the ball, these people would still be terrorizing a peaceful neighborhood. Let's give them a great big Cobb County welcome in court, shall we? We all know what this is about...sharing the wealth.
Lin Parker
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February 07, 2013
Who leaves their cars and houses unlocked while they're sleeping????? It's no excuse for these burglars but it's cler to see why they chose the area they did............Wake up and smell the coffee folks.
ECobber
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February 08, 2013
I would guess that most of the people had forgotten to close the garage door and/or lock their cars. Just a good tip to share with others. If you want an additional alarm, keep your car keys near you and if you know someone has broken into the house, set off your car alarm.
anonymous
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February 08, 2013
It was a mistake!!!!!
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