Atlanta Police continue to calling on the public to look at surveillance video of the burglary suspects seen stealing about 100 computers from a southwest Atlanta Public School. The video was released Monday and shows where burglars smashed a glass basement door to gained access into Brown Middle School. The theft leaves many students, who had come to depend on those computers, starting the school year without that needed technology.
Police are asking the public to help identify the four people seen in school security photos posted on 11Alive.com. The suspects appeared to know exactly where to find the computers in the building.
What was so puzzling about this case is the fact that a security guard was on duty in the building on Sunday, August 17 when the burglary took place. According to reports, the school security officer told police he was patrolling the building’s third floor when he looked out a window and saw computer carts on the sidewalk. By the time he got to the basement where the break-in occurred, the suspects were gone with the stolen items.
Police say part of their investigation will include speaking in more detail with that security guard. As seen in the surveillance video, the suspects appeared to have had a lot of time to commit the crime. They are seen running in and out of the school several times carrying out computers.
Police say according to the security guard, there were about 100 empty slots where computers were once located. Police reported at least 75 laptops, 16 desktop computers as well as camcorders and other devices were taken.
According to the surveillance video the suspects are described as four black men in their early to mid-20. Investigators are asking for anyone who can help identify and locate the suspects to call Crime Stoppers Greater Atlanta at 404-577-TIPS.