Three arrests made in prowling case

Mon, 08/20/2007 - 8:50am
By: Ben Nelms

Quick work by Tyrone Police Officer Janine McElwaney Aug. 10 led to the arrest of three men after they fled River Oaks subdivision on Ga. Highway 74.

Charged with possession of burglary tools, possession of marijuana and prowling were 34 year-old Charles Peck, of Stone Mountain, 40 year-old Darrell Bowen, of Atlanta, and 39 year-old Roy Bright, of Riverdale, according to Tyrone Police Public Information Officer Capt. Brandon Perkins.

The incident occurred when McElwaney responded to a unrelated suspicious person call at River Oaks at 2:40 a.m., Perkins said. The officer noticed a blue minivan parked in front of a home under construction on Kettering Trace. It was similar in description to a vehicle reported the previous day parked in front of another home in the subdivision, said Perkins.

The vehicle Aug. 10 sped away after the officer shined her spotlight on it. Sgt. Richard Hancock and Officer Trent Williams located the vehicle a short time later traveling at a high rate of speed northbound on Hwy. 74, Perkins said. The officers stopped the vehicle, finding burglary tools, marijuana and several pages of real estate books and MLS listing to new homes and subdivisions in the Atlanta area, said Perkins.

The Aug. 10 incident was the third time since December that thefts at construction sites have occurred in Tyrone, Perkins said. Burglary tools were seized in two of the incidents and drugs were found on people in all three, he said.

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