Violent home invasion tied to credit-card scam

Clayton County police are looking for a second suspect in an early Wednesday morning home invasion, in which the suspect’s alleged accomplice was shot in the head.

The resident was shot in the hand, said Sgt. Otis Willis, III. Police are stressing that the incident did not appear to be a random act of violence, due to the fact that they found evidence of a credit-card scam being operated out of the home.

Willis said police responded about 12:18 a.m., to a burglary-in-progress call in the 9100 block of Betony Wood Trail, near Jonesboro. The resident, who was renting the home, told police that two suspects entered the front door with force.

During an ensuing struggle, the resident was shot in the hand, said Willis. One of the suspects was shot in the head.

Willis said the second suspect fled and has not been identified. The Secret Service and the U.S. Department of Revenue have been brought in to investigate, because of items collected at the scene. Clayton police are assisting in that investigation.

“It appears the occupants were involved in an elaborate credit-card-fraud-processing scam,” said Willis, in a written statement. “The home contained several credit-card-processing work stations, safes, jewelry, several luxury cars and approximately $200,000 in cash.”

Willis said warrants are pending for the occupants of the home, and an 18-year-old male suspect.

Driver charged

with bribery

A Fayetteville driver tried to get out of a handful of traffic citations by bribing the police officer, according to Clayton County Magistrate Court records.

Shetal Kumar Shah, 43, is being held on $8,000 bond in the Clayton County Jail. During his first appearance in Magistrate Court Wednesday afternoon, Shah told Judge Beatric Scott that he is able to make bond. Scott told Shah he qualifies for a public defender.

The criminal arrest warrant alleges that Shah was stopped by a police officer, Tuesday, about 2:38 p.m. The officer stated that Shah was driving his 2002 Dodge Caravan with reckless disregard for the safety of others.

The officer alleges that Shah offered him $1,000 to let him go. Instead, Shah faces a felony charge of bribery, in addition to a slew of misdemeanor traffic citations.

— Kathy Jefcoats and

Curt Yeomans