Conyers police arrested a 25-year-old Decatur man early Wednesday and charged him for at least 21 car break-ins that had been plaguing the Conyers-Rockdale area for more than a month after locating him using a combination of forensic evidence, video surveillance and investigation.
Edward James Beadles, 25, of Wingfoot Court, Decatur, was arrested around 3 a.m. with the help of DeKalb police at his residence. Beadles had been on parole from Fulton County for aggravated assault charges but had not reported to parole since January 2012.
Beadles was charged with 21 entered auto incidents on Feb. 5, Feb. 15, and March 9 at the parking lots of Hampton Inn, Mannngton company, Pratt plant, Hill Phoenix plant, Transparent Container plant, Comfort Inn, and Holiday Inn.
"There are others that have occured that we believe he's possibly involved with," but there's not enough evidence to charge him, said Conyers Police Department Capt. Jack Dunn. More charges may be coming from the Rockdale County Sheriff's Office.
When Beadles was arrested Wednesday morning, investigators found items associated with the car break-ins at his residence, such as purses with IDs in them.
Investigators got their first break through when an officer processing the crime scene of one of the car break-ins was able to locate a fingerprint. The Georgia Bureau of Investigations crime lab returned a match to Beadles. However, Beadles had been on the lam from parole officers since January of last year.
Investigators knew from watching video surveillance that he had driven a 2000 Ford Taurus. That car was eventually located at the Wingfoot Court residence.
Beadles did not have a connection with the area, said Dunn. "He told us he just got on the interstate and rode to an area that looked prosperous."
"We do see that most of our car break ins are along the I-20 corridor and they do occur from people that are from other areas," said Dunn.
The suspect was able to be tracked down and captured because of a combination of an officer doing their job in processing the scene and video surveillance and futher investigation.
"It's very important that businesses use video surveillance," said Dunn. "Putting all that together, we were able to get someone that was preying off of a lot of people."
Beadles is being held at the Rockdale County jail.