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RCSO looks for copper thief caught red handed

The Rockdale County Sheriff's Office is on the lookout for a copper thief that struck the former Suzuki dealership and is suspected to be involved in other copper theft cases.

According to RCSO spokesperson Sgt. Jodi Shupe, deputies were called out to 1890 Dogwood Drive at 12:50 p.m. on June 10.

An employee of a BMW dealership owned by Suzuki had come out to the former Conyers Star Suzuki dealership to retrieve some desks. When he arrived, he came upon a black male tearing apart the circuit box. The suspect fled the scene. Deputies discovered the suspect caused about $100,000 of damage altogether to the property from efforts to rip out copper wiring and metal.

The suspect is described as thin, about 5-feet 8-inches to 6-feet 2-inches tall, and approximately in his 20s.

Investigators believe the suspect at the Suzuki dealership may also be involved in other copper thefts in the Salem Road area.

While responding to the call at the Suzuki dealership, deputies called for assistance from a K-9 unit from Conyers, which led to investigators finding two more homes and a mobile home office that were also struck.

All the properties were vacant and the homes were bank owned, according to Shupe.

"The walls had been beaten out and copper wiring had been stolen from inside," she said. "He went through every wall, gutted the walls." The damage to the two homes was estimated aroudn $4,000. The damage to the mobile home office was still being assessed.

Investigators believe the man pictured above is a person of interest who has been seen riding a bicycle around Salem Road.

Anyone with information on this person is asked to contact Investigator Troy Anderson at 770-278-8157 or the Rockdale County Sheriff's Office at  770-278-8000.