A string of burglaries through Georgia and North Carolina has reached the end of its rope. The thefts first began on June 24, and on July 14, police arrested three men convicted of being involved in this series of burglaries concentrated in Atlanta. Police were able to recover $250,000 of stolen goods. Most of the stolen goods were high-end electronics like laptops, flat-screen televisions and video game systems. However, police also recovered stolen jewelry and guns.
Phil Miller, sheriff in Douglas County, Georgia, told the press, “We have six people in custody and warrants for two more.” Three of the men had previously been arrested in June: Clifford M. Foster, 42; Tavero D. Woods, 31; and Phillip R. Osborne, 31. On July 14, police arrested three more in the burglary ring: Antonio V. Smith, 21; Reginald Deshaun Tate, 23; and an unidentified fifteen-year-old male. Sheriff Miller went on to say, “We believe at least one or more have gang affiliation with United Blood Nation. They’ve been burglarizing homes in two states for the past 8-10 months.”
Those who have been arrested so far have been charged with breaking the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO). RICO is used to prosecute organized crime and gives stiffer penalties. If one or more of the burglars are involved with the United Blood Nation gang, they could face federal charges.
The victims of the burglaries and neighbors led police to the first arrests by giving a description of the suspects’ car along with a license plate number. The police were also able to lift a fingerprint from one of the burglarized homes and used it to identify a suspect. The investigation is ongoing, and the ring is suspected of being involved in over fifty break-ins.
This post is originally authored at the home security blog at FamilyHomeSecurity.com.