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Burglary Suspects found in dumpster by police

By Jason A. Smith

jsmith@henryherald.com

Two Clayton County burglary suspects were being held in the Henry County Jail Wednesday, on $20,000 bond each, for allegedly breaking into a Stockbridge business. Police reportedly found the men, at the scene of the alleged crime, hiding in a dumpster.

Adrian Ramone Haynes, 22, and Traevis Montavious Griggs, 17, both of Jonesboro, are each charged with one count of burglary. Griggs is also charged with possession of less than one ounce of marijuana.

The suspects appeared Friday in Henry County Magistrate Court, represented by the Public Defender's Office. Judge Robert Godwin bound both suspects' charges over to Superior Court.

Griggs and Haynes were arrested Friday by Henry County Police. A police report by Officer Lee Rohrbach, said officers were dispatched to Manheim Drive, an automobile, wholesale business located at 3000 Walter Way in Stockbridge, after a call from a security guard.

The guard, according to the report, detected that a sensor on a security fence had been activated, and a camera turned on, at approximately 12:35 a.m.

"He saw two black males ...," Rohrbach wrote. "They were both wearing hats and bandanas, as they entered the property. The suspects used a large rock to break the window on [a door] located at the rear of the building closest to the fence."

The lock on the door, the officer continued, was broken, making it easier for the suspects to enter the building. "Once inside, the suspects were out of sight of the security cameras," Rohrbach wrote. "They then came out of [a] roll-up door, in view of the cameras."

Police reportedly arrived at the scene at approximately 12:42 a.m., and approached the building in an effort to find the suspects, who were attempting to evade authorities, the officer added.

"The suspects ... hid in [a] large, orange, open-top dumpster behind the building," Rohrbach wrote. "The officers approached the dumpster, and got them out of the trash container, and placed them into custody."

Griggs and Haynes, according to the report, were then interviewed by a detective and taken to the Henry County Jail. In the report, Rohrbach said police found a black bag containing tools and a paint sprayer, and a small bag of marijuana, at the scene.

A spokesman for Manheim Drive could not be reached for comment Wednesday. The suspects' attorney, Public Defender Gary Bowman, also could not be reached.