On April 11 Conyes Police responded to two entering auto reports at LA Fitness on Hwy 138. The first victim had a laptop stolen and the other victims, a married couple, had a wallet and purse stolen.
On June 2 CPD got another call that a Frontera employee had a laptop taken from his vehicle. Video surveillance of the area showed a gold/tan colored Dodge Intrepid or Stratus exit the area behind the Frontera parking lot where the vehicle was parked.
On June 15 another vehicle was broken into and a Coach purse was taken from the victim's car parked at By Design International on Hwy 20. Again surveillance footage showed a gold/tan Dodge Intrepid or Stratus parked beside the victim's vehicle.
Through the CPD CompStat program an active search for the gold Dodge Stratus was conducted, and on June 23, Conyers Police CID distributed a BOLO containing updated pictures of suspect.
At approximately 4:12 p.m. on June 23 a CPD officer observed a gold Dodge Intrepid that matched the photos. The officer conducted an investigative stop on the vehicle and made contact with the driver, Coleman.
The officer smelled a strong marijuana odor, and found a small amount of marijuana, a suspended license and 13 financial transaction cards with other people's names on them.
After being transported to Conyers Police headquarters, Coleman admitted to detectives he had been breaking into cars in the Conyers as well as DeKalb County areas.