Suspected "Ring Leader" in Area Home Burglaries Arrested

Christopher Dennis is scheduled for a first appearance hearing Friday evening in DeKalb County Magistrate Court.

Christopher Dennis. Credit: DeKalb County jail
Christopher Dennis. Credit: DeKalb County jail
DeKalb County Police have a arrested a man they believe may possibly be the “ring leader” connected to a series of recent home burglaries around East Lake.

Christopher Dennis, 18, was arrested on Feb. 19 on a felony charge of theft by receiving stolen firearm, as well as two counts of felony burglary connected to incidents on Jan. 29.

Detective J.D. Robinson of the DeKalb Police Criminal Investigations Division told Patch that Dennis, who goes by the alias Lil’ Chris, is scheduled for a first appearance hearing Friday evening in DeKalb County Magistrate Court.

The hearing is set for 9 p.m. for area residents interested in attending at DeKalb Magistrate Court, located at 3630 Camp Circle in Decatur.

Local authorities, including those from the Decatur Police Department and Atlanta Police Department have for several weeks been investigating a series of home burglaries in the neighborhoods of East Lake and Oakhurst that they believe may be connected.

A previous version of this story mentioned the neighborhood of Kirkwood. That has been corrected to reflect the East Lake neighborhood.
BNEV February 21, 2014 at 01:03 PM
Big Willy February 21, 2014 at 01:35 PM
Assuming that he's guilty, with the chance he's not, I hope that Lil Chris gets big time. I just wish I had the chance to see him come in my window ;) there'd be no need to flip the bill to house and feed this piece of dump in prison.
Jason Vicious February 21, 2014 at 02:24 PM
Good job. Hope he stays in jail for a long time. People that rob homes are subhuman garbage.
Chris H February 21, 2014 at 02:30 PM
Besides all the talk of "If he came to my house I'd shoot him" talk...your real weapon is from neighbors to show up to court and impress upon the judge that he is a menace to the society and should have real jail time. It works.
Ben February 21, 2014 at 02:42 PM
What I'd also like to nab are the people who are fencing these items for these people. These guys aren't just letting stolen goods sit in their homes. That said, great job. Thanks to all involved in snagging this ahole.
Roo February 21, 2014 at 02:45 PM
If you look, you will find that this young man has had NUMEROUS arrests so it is safe to assume he will continue the path of crime unless made to do substantial time. If you can attend court tonight when he appears in front of the judge, then YOU can make a difference...otherwise your home may be next!
Ashley February 21, 2014 at 06:16 PM
Glad to hear of this arrest. However, I believe the burglaries in question took place in Oakhurst and East Lake, not Kirkwood.
Reality February 22, 2014 at 12:36 AM
Sad day when his sentencing and or future punishment will be based on people showing up in court. What happened to a judge actually doing their job, earning their keep, pension, government salary, healthcare?
electric123 February 22, 2014 at 05:13 AM
Trash, gangster mentality give him future criminal behavior from prison till he causes his own demise!
CRAIG February 23, 2014 at 05:14 PM


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