MARIETTA, Ga. – Marietta is experiencing a rash of car break-ins, after falling to historically low crime levels in 2016—since Oct. 1, there has been an 18 percent increase.
Police have filed 14 charges and have outstanding warrants against two teenagers from DeKalb County who committed seven separate car break-ins in Marietta. However, there have been additional break-ins.
Austin Hammett, 19, and Jaquan Blakeney, 19, both of Atlanta, Ga., are suspected in hitting Andreitti’s and Marietta Billiard parking lots and breaking into multiple cars.
Police said that they have been tracing a pattern of teenage criminals from outside Marietta, entering the city in stolen car.
The suspects, officers said, look for groups of unattended parked cars, then rapidly break into multiple cars and flee before the thefts are discovered. They have stolen guns, computers and cameras.
The Marietta Police Department is actively investigating the break-ins and are increasing patrols in areas that have been hit.
But the police say that they need your help. Here are some tips you can do to assist them in nabbing the suspects faster.
- Lock your car and take all valuables out of your car.
- Be aware of your surroundings. If you spot anyone acting suspiciously around parked vehicles, call the police immediately.
- Beware of social media chatter that discusses information about vehicle break-ins and suspicious activities that are not reported to the police—it tends to promote fear without giving police a chance to address facts.
- If you see the suspects, do not approach them; call 9-1-1. They are considered armed and dangerous.
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