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Arrest tied to car break-ins on Pine Log Road
Gannon Whitehead

One man has been arrested and Conyers police and are looking for another suspect in connection with a recent string of car break-ins along Pine Log Road.

Gannon Whitehead, 33, was arrested on April 27 for the charge of entering an automobile and a warrant is out for Larry Justin Atkins, an alleged accomplice to the crimes.  Additional charges are expected for both.

Seven auto break-ins were reported over the last 10 days in the area, according to CPD Capt. Scott Freeman. Police are looking into which break-ins might be tied to Whitehead and Atkins.

"Due to our use of CompStat for tracking crimes and criminal activity, we immediately detected a specific, identifiable trend in the area of Pine Log Road. As such, our patrol officers and detectives started to focus in on these specific entered autos cases, following up some of the smallest leads on each and every case," wrote Freeman in a released statement.

In one case, stolen credit cards from one car were used at a local Walgreens and detectives were able to track down Whitehead through various leads. Whitehead reportedly confessed to detectives about using the stolen credit cards.

Whitehead was out on parole and investigators are working with parole officers to revoke the remainder of the parole, said Freeman.

"Criminals need to be very clear that we are not simply going to solve the crime, make an arrest, and move on. We are going to focus on these criminals and use the criminal justice system to keep these prolific offenders off our streets and behind bars for as long as we can," wrote Freeman.