Smash-and-grab burglars hit the AT&T store in the 2500 block of Piedmont Road around 4:30 a.m. this morning, according to a report in the AJC. The burglars used a sledge hammer to smash the glass front doors and also tried to shoot their way into a storage room. An employee of a the nearby Home Depot saw four males inside the store, then flee the scene in a silver F-150 pickup truck and black four-door sedan. The truck was was later found abandoned on Armour Drive.

Decatur Police are searching for man stealing or attempting to steal cell phones. On March 17 at 5 p.m., a teenager said she was walking with her brother on South Candler Street when an unknown male walking past them reached and grabbed her arm and stated, “I need to use your phone.” The male repeatedly asked for the phone but made no threats and did not try to take the phone. The complainant and her brother continued home and called police. The suspect was described as a black male, approximately 20-years-old, approximately 5’10”, light complexion, short hair, lean build, wearing a bright red hooded sweatshirt, blue jeans and a black belt with a metal buckle. About an hour later, a man fitting the same description snatched a woman’s cell phone out of her hand on in the 100 block of Sycamore Street in downtown Decatur. The woman was standing in front of a restaurant talking on her phone when the incident happened. The suspect fled toward the Church Street entrance of the MARTA station.


Collin Kelley has been the editor of Atlanta Intown for two decades and has been a journalist and freelance writer for 35 years. He’s also an award-winning poet and novelist.