Two men were arrested in connection with a series of copper thefts in vacant houses after they were allegedly caught red handed and one was tracked down in a manhunt by Conyers Police.
Logan Isaac Trammel, 20, of Madison and Austin Flint, 17, of Conyers arrived at 1678 Balmoral Drive shortly after 11 p.m. Investigators had noticed a rash of copper thefts in vacant houses from April 29 and May 4 and were ready to apprehend the suspects. An officer observed the two removing copper from an air conditioning unit and, once additional officers arrived on the scene, apprehended and arrested Flint. Trammel fled on foot and was tracked by a CPD K-9 to a general area. After obtaining information from Flint, officers found Trammel hiding in the basement of the home where Trammel had been staying with Flint.
The suspects are allegedly connected with thefts at several addresses: 1678 Balmoral Drive (arrest); 1975 Windsor Creek; Drive; 1971 Winsor Creek Drive; 1682 Balmoral Drive; and, 1666 Balmoral Drive.
Investigators reportedly found several pieces of evidence, including a hand drawn map of the Windsor Walk neighborhood in Trammel’s wallet.
"Copper theft has been a constant problem for us and other agencies," said CPD Capt. Scott Freeman, in a released statement. "I would ask that our citizens report any activity that they may see around vacant houses. While this theft took place at night, many of the thefts take place in the daytime when people are at work."
The CPD crime hotline is 770-483-TIPS.