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Two arrested in home burglary

By Linda Looney-Bond

lbond@news-daily.com

Clayton County Police have released the identity of a second man arrested in connection with the alleged burglary, Tuesday, of a home in Forest Park.

Wednesday, police named Marlon Shelton Gibson, 24, of Forest Park, as the second suspect in the burglary of a home in the 400 block of Canterbury Circle.

Gibson allegedly drove the get-away vehicle, according to GlenNeta Griffin, a spokesperson for the police department. According to a second police spokesperson, Sgt. Kevin Hughes, Gibson was charged with burglary.

The other man arrested in the incident, David Gregory Harris, II, 29, also of Forest Park, was charged with burglary, obstruction of an officer, battery on a police officer, and possession of tools during the commission of a crime, according to a Clayton County Police incident report.

Police said alert neighbors helped authorities nab the suspects. "We had an anonymous neighbor that called it in, and said someone was suspicious in the neighborhood," Griffin said. When police arrived on the scene, Harris was allegedly inside the house, and told police that he lived in the home, police said in the report.

One officer detained Harris, while another searched the house, the report said.

"While I checked the interior of the house, I saw the upstairs bedroom with personal items scattered, and all the drawers were open," the officer wrote in the report.

"I then came out of the house and I told the offender [Harris] ... to put his hands behind his back, so I can put the handcuffs on him," the report said.

Harris then ran, causing one officer to scrape a knee, and another to fall off of a porch during a scuffle and chase, police said.

Both officers continued to chase Harris, and eventually, held him at gunpoint, taking him into custody, according to the report.

Police then returned Harris to the scene, and upon searching Harris' coat, allegedly found a pair of pliers, and jewelry taken from the house, along with "items such as a checkbook, a watch, and credit cards belonging to the victim," the police report said.

The second suspect, Marlon Gibson, was arrested after neighbors gave police the description of an alleged accomplice, who was driving a newer model, black Dodge Charger, Griffin said. Witnesses told police that a man driving a Dodge Charger had dropped Harris off at the house earlier.

"The vehicle left the area, and they [police] saw the vehicle circling the area slowly, as if he was looking for someone," said Griffin.

She said the homeowners were not at home at the time of the incident. "The neighbors were definitely looking out for them [the homeowners], and had they not been looking out for them, we would not have gotten a good description of the vehicle or the suspects," said Griffin.

Both suspects were transported to the Clayton County Jail, according to Hughes.

Harris was granted a $48,000 bond, Wednesday, and is scheduled to appear for a preliminary hearing Jan. 19 in Clayton County Magistrate Court, according to online court records.

Information regarding bond, or a hearing for Gibson, was not available in online court records on Wednesday.