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Thieves Break Into East Atlanta Home; Steal, Then Drop Television

Thieves broke into a Stokeswood Avenue home but were chased by neighbors and escaped emty-handed.

Atlanta and DeKalb County police are looking for at at least four men who broke into a Stokeswood Avenue home in East Atlanta Dec. 11 and stole a television before dropping it after neighbors who heard the commotion gave chase.

Police responded to an alarm call in the 700 block of Stokeswood Avenue at about 1:15 p.m., Atlanta police Sgt. Gregory Lyon told East Atlanta Patch.

Witnesses reported hearing popping noises — police said there was no evidence of gunfire and that the noise likely was the thieves breaking the door in to the home — and saw two men running down the street toward Oakfield Drive toward a waiting car.

The noise from the break-in and subsequent alarm drew the attention of neighbors who called the police. A couple of them ran after the burglars who grabbed a television before their flee attempt to the waiting car.

Realizing they were being chased, they dropped the television and escaped in a dark-colored, late-model Chevrolet Malibu.

Officers canvassed the immediate area but didn't find them, Lyon said. The DeKalb County Police Department also was notified as the area is near the city limits and unincorporated DeKalb County.

APD investigators were able to lift fingerprints from the television.

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