By Linda Looney-Bond
Clayton County Police say the execution of a search warrant in College Park led them to an alleged burglary ring, as well as items stolen from burglaries in three metro Atlanta counties, and North Carolina.
The Clayton Police SWAT Team arrested four people last Friday at 5258 Riverwalk Place, and confiscated alleged stolen items, including firearms, plasma TVs, and a NASCAR Championship ring, police said Tuesday in a press statement.
Police conducted the raid based on tips and complaints from the community, according to Clayton County Police Chief Jeff Turner. "The initial complaint was one based on suspicion of drug activity," said Officer Otis Willis, a spokesperson for the Clayton County Police Department.
Michael J. Wallace, 27, Tavero D. Woods, 29, and Miquan L. Smith, 22, were arrested, and charged with violation of the Georgia Controlled Substances Act, theft by receiving, and theft by receiving stolen property in another state, among other charges, according to the police statement.
Woods and Smith each received an additional charge of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
A fourth person, Jewell N. Smith, 39, was charged with violation of the Georgia Controlled Substances Act.
All four were transported to the Clayton County Jail, according to Turner.
"As undercover agents began their search, they located marijuana and ten firearms, two of which were stolen," according to the police statement.
The two, alleged, stolen weapons were a Mossberg 935 shotgun that police say was stolen in a burglary in Suwanee, and a Smith and Wesson .44 Magnum, that was reported stolen in Gaston County, North Carolina.
Agents also discovered several jewelry items, electronic devices, and other items believed stolen from burglaries in Clayton, Hall, and Gwinnett counties, as well as North Carolina, according to the statement.
"What we see in this case is it's dealing with multiple players or suspects," said Turner. "It's another example of how criminals don't care about jurisdictional lines.
"That's why it's important that jurisdictions communicate with each other," he said. "We're working with other jurisdictions and agencies in terms of some of the burglaries that they [burglary ring suspects] may have been involved in," he said.
"This was the result of a lot of good police work, and you can't discount the fact that it was also the result of the community and law enforcement working together."