Police in Atlanta, Georgia, are hopeful that a surveillance video and photographs taken of a four man burglary crew suspected of ripping off more than 100 computers from Brown Middle School, just west of downtown Atlanta, could lead to arrests of the culprits and recovery of the stolen property. The bold theft took place last Sunday, according to an Aug. 25 report from The Atlanta Journal-Constitution .
The report from the Atlanta Police Department states that the break-in and burglary were discovered just before 4 a.m. on Aug. 17 when one officer went to the school after receiving a vandalism complaint. Outside the school along Beacher Street, the officer could see “several empty and partially empty computer carts and computers just outside a door” leading from the school to the street.
While that police officer was arriving outside, a security officer employed at the school was on routine patrol inside the building. When the security officer looked outside from the building’s third floor, he could also see several computer carts on the sidewalk below, according to 11 Alive. The security guard rushed down to the school’s basement where he could tell the theft had already taken place. From the broken glass and damaged door, the security guard was also able to see how the thieves got into the building.
The four men depicted in the surveillance images all appear to be in “their early to mid 20s” and can be seen on the video making several trips in their efforts to spirit the computers away in the early morning pre-dawn hours. The Atlanta Police department posted their video to YouTube in the hopes that someone will recognize the suspects and “and call with information that could lead to their arrest and convictions along with a $2,000 reward.”
The four culprits did a pretty good job trying to conceal their faces, which leads police to believe that they knew a surveillance system was in place. The police report stated that although the exact number of computers stolen couldn't be determined, the number is believed to exceed 100.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Crime Stoppers Atlanta tip line at 404-577-TIPS (8477), www.crimestoppersatlanta.org or by texting CSA and the tip to CRIMES (274637). Information can be provided anonymously.