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Posted: January 27, 2009 7:22 p.m.

8 neighbors burglarized in a night

3 arrested after area saturated by NCSO

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 Three young men were arrested Friday night following a rash of burglaries in the River Walk Farm subdivision, according to Lt. Mark Mitchell with the Newton County Sheriff’s Department.

 According to Mitchell, calls began coming in at roughly 9 p.m. in reference to multiple burglaries in the subdivision off of Dearing Road. Deputies responded en masse and went door-to-door, speaking with those residents who were in their homes and worked with the community to get names of those residents who were not in their homes at the time of the burglaries.

 At around 10:15 p.m. deputies, who had saturated the neighborhood in an attempt to both locate those responsible and be close should another burglary occur, came upon a vehicle on Kestrel Circle in the subdivision. There were five men around the vehicle at the time, according to Mitchell.

 When deputies approached, they reportedly noticed two flat screen televisions inside of the vehicle that matched the description of property stolen during the burglaries earlier that night. At that time, the five men were taken in for questioning.

 As of press time, three of those young men have been arrested. Dorian Pursley, 18 and Lonnie Simmons, 17 — both of Decatur — and 17-year-old Dontravious Slaton of Covington were arrested and charged with theft by receiving stolen property. The NCSO criminal investigation division is currently looking into whether these three young men played some part in the burglaries in the River Walk Farm area.

 Anyone with further information about this incident is asked to contact the NCSO at 678-625-1400 or to leave a tip online at www.newtonsheriffga.org. All callers can remain anonymous.

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