CONYERS - Conyers Police officers interrupted several would-be burglars in their apparent break-in attempt at a commercial shopping area and gave chase last Monday. Officers are now asking for the public's help with any information in finding the suspects.
On Monday, Aug. 3, around 6:20 a.m., CPD Officer S. McGinnis spotted van with the words "HIM Ministries" printed on it backing up at the rear of Office Depot. Another passenger truck, a 2005 Ford F-150, was backed up against the rear of Game Stop, a few doors down.
Officers later discovered both vehicles had been stolen overnight, according to CPD spokesperson Crime Analyst Kim Lucas.
"I sat stationary in my marked patrol car and observed the driver of the truck wave to me as though he was waiting for me to pass by him before he left," wrote McGinnis in the police report. "I decided to exit my car and make contact with the unidentified driver," McGinnis continued, because there had been local stores burglarized by criminals breaking or cutting doors. Also, none of the businesses in the plaza were open at 6 a.m.
As McGinnis walked towards the truck, "the driver quickly accelerated from the scene at a high rate of speed, which heightened my reasonable suspicion that I had just driven up to a burglary in progress."
The officer ran back to his patrol car and gave chase to the fleeing truck, which turned left on Dogwood and then left on Courtesy Parkway.
The truck slowed down at the hill in front of Peaks Landing and a passenger - described as a black male wearing dark clothing - jumped out of the truck. The truck then sped up again.
The officer noted that the roadway was clear of other vehicles and attempted a "PIT" maneuver to cause it to spin out, but was not able to due to the truck's size.
"The truck continued and turned into the Peaks Landing subdivision, where it turned into the right parking area of the locatin's front office. The driver of the truck exited the truck as it contiued rolling over the curb." The truck crashed through the fence and into a parked car on the opposite side of the fence.
The driver fled on foot through the buildings and green space and the officer lost sight of him.
The driver was described as a black male wearing a dark shirt and blue camoflage pants.
Any information on this case can be submitted anonymously to the Crime Stoppers tip line at 404 577-TIPS (8477), online www.crimestoppersatlanta.org, or by texting the tip to CRIMES (274637). Persons do not have to give their name or any identifying information to be eligible for the potential reward associated with a tip.