By Elaine Rackley
McDonough Police have arrested two men for allegedly breaking into a vacuum cleaner business, reportedly to steal confidential documents.
Meantime, a third alleged thief, who escaped capture, is also being sought.
Police issued an arrest warrant for Timaton Bell, who police said fled the scene when two other alleged burglars were arrested. Anyone with information of the whereabouts of Bell, is asked to contact McDonough Police at (770) 957-1218.
Jamaree Antwone Norris, of Atlanta, and Willie Mack Beck, of Jonesboro, were apprehended shortly after a recent burglary at Domestic Technologies, located at 360 Racetrack Road, in McDonough. The company is a "high-end" vacuum cleaner business, which also sales air purifiers.
"Mr. Beck is an employee of Domestic Technologies," McDonough police said.
Beck and Norris remained in the Henry County jail at press time Monday.
Each suspect is charged with one county of burglary, and one count of arson in the second degree, according to a police report of the alleged crime.
Norris and Beck's cases were heard in Henry County Magistrate Court Monday before Judge Robert Godwin. Judge Godwin set a $25,000 bond for Norris, and reset his case for May 9. He did not set a bond for Beck. The judge bound Beck's case over to the Henry County Superior Court.
The men are accused of breaking a window to get into Domestic Technologies, Friday, around 5 a.m., said police. Police responded to an alarm at the business, and one of the officers noticed a gray Honda Accord backed up between two buildings, and saw two men dressed in all black. Beck was entering the passenger side of the car. Norris was attempting to enter the front driver's side of the car when he saw authorities approaching the scene, according to police.
"Norris fled on foot...towards Racetrack Road," wrote McDonough Officer R. Hawkins in his police report. "I held Beck at gunpoint," Hawkins said in the report.
A third man emerged from the front door of the business.
"He also fled the scene east, and then north toward Racetrack Road," continued Hawkins. He was later apprehended by Henry County Police Officer, K. Jones. Jones caught Norris at City Square Boulevard and state Highway 155 South.
"The subject (Norris) was detained until I arrived and [positively] identified the subject as being the [one] who fled the scene," added Hawkins.
More officers arrived at scene of the break-in to assist with checking the building for more suspects. "A check of the perimeter revealed that the power breakers to the building had been pulled in the off position," wrote Hawkins.
Norris and Beck were taken to the McDonough Police Department, while McDonough Det. Gardner, of the Criminal Investigation Division (CID) arrived at the scene for further investigation of the break-in.
"The investigation revealed that the suspects were stealing credit applications," said Det. Gardner. The credit applications contained personal information such as, social security numbers, dates of birth, addresses, and other personal information.
Henry County Fire and McDonough Fire Departments' Hazmat Teams were called to the business to confirm additional findings by the CID.
"They were called to the location after accelerants and other items, that can be used for arson, were located within the business," said Gardner. "That indicates the suspects were going to torch the business down to the ground in an attempt to cover their crimes."
The United States Secret Service has joined the McDonough Police investigation, due to the nature of the crimes, which include identity theft, added Gardner.