Tucker resident Rachel Hopper writes about two related events that allegedly occurred Saturday in the neighborhood on Idlewood Road closest to Ponce De Leon and in Oakengate off Ponce.I don't know how many of you saw the police and/or sprinting teenage boys in our neighborhood today but, we had some drama down on our end. Nobody in our neighborhood was broken into early this afternoon but, we were the route used to evade police and to pick up the stash of stolen items taken from a nice family from the neighborhood on Idlewood that backs up to ours.
I was sitting out on my front porch swing at 1:20 p.m. and an old boxy style maroon car (Corolla or something) pulled up and three teenage boys (driver excluded) jumped out and ran between our house and our two neighbors' houses. They were very bold and even made eye contact with me a few times.
I had my phone and promptly called the police. Fortunately a policeman was already on their tail and I talked to him as the maroon car sped up the street being chased by the teens that had been almost left behind in our little woodsy area. After about two hours of giving statements and exploring the woods behind us, we came across the couple's nice TV and a few other items. The kids had come back earlier to pick up the Xboxes and laptops, etc. that they had stashed in the same place.
While the police were still here, they told me they had already arrested two out of the four that we saw. Of course there could be more but, that's all we had seen ourselves. The two in custody had fingerprints on record indicating that they had been previously arrested. The DeKalb county police were great from first responders to the next batch and then the detective who came out to help.
We have cameras posted all around our house and were able to show the police and send them a copy as well. Unfortunately, my brilliant idea to park by our front sidewalk blocked the camera that would've been our best bet of getting a tag on the car. Lesson learned.
Just thought I would explain the police presence today and give a warning to lock your doors, cars, storage sheds and to set those alarms. It happens in all varieties of neighborhoods and we all need to be prepared.
Thieves Striking in Broad Daylight