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Posted: May 11, 2011

Arrests In Parking Lot Break-Ins

Thieves target off-site lots frequented by airport fliers


By Veronica Waters

Atlanta, GA None —

Arrests have been made in connection with some car break-ins at a park & ride lot in College Park. 

The four suspects in custody range from 16 to 27 in age, and may be responsible for similar crimes elsewhere.

College Park Police Detective Boyd Burns tells WSB he will be meeting with East Point Police to see if recent car burglaries in their jurisdiction are connected to this case.

"Without giving too many details, yeah, there are some similarities to both incidents," says Burns. 

Marcus Demonte Overstreet, 27, of Riverdale; Eric Devon Howard, 19, of College Park; O'Hammer Lamar Keith, 19, of East Point; and a 16-year-old boy were nabbed when an employee of the Park 'n Ticket at 3945 Conley Street spotted the crimes in progress.  Police say the suspects were entering vehicles, and attempting to steal an SUV. 

Last Thursday, thieves smashed their way into more than 45 cars in three parking lots near Hartsfield-Jackson Airport. 

 "Detectives from other agencies hear these reports and make phone calls, and we try to connect dots that way," says Burns. 

East Point police said the suspects broke windows and took electronics and cash from the cars.  "They're looking for any items sitting out and about such as GPS systems, CD players, laptop computers, things like that," said East Point Police Sgt. Cliff Chandler.

Most of the break-ins happened at an off-site lot on Camp Creek Parkway named The Parking Spot.  All of the lots have attendants watching the cars 24 hours a day. 

Anyone with any information on the Park 'n Ticket case is asked to call Detective Boyd Burns at (404) 762-4617.  

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