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Merchandise Worth More Than $20K Stolen From Apple Store

PEACHTREE CITY, Ga. -- More than $20,000 worth of merchandise was stolen from an Apple Computer store, Peachtree City police said.Thieves stole the items from the PeachMac store at The Avenues Shopping Center in Peachtree City around 2:30 a.m. Wednesday, Peachtree City police representative Michelle Ward said in a news release. Ward said thieves crashed through the front door and stole numerous computers and computer parts. Surveillance video showed three men in the store. Ward said a nearby officer on patrol spotted the group as they were leaving the shopping center in two...

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Woman Accused Of Kidnapping, Killing Georgia Mother

ATLANTA -- A Macon woman accused of abducting and killing a 38-year-old mother in an apparently random carjacking confessed to the shooting and led police to the woman's body, an investigator said Monday. Alexandria Renee Scott, 19, and Justin Terrell Grable, 21, were charged Sunday with felony murder in the death of Kimberly McKenzie. Her body was discovered that afternoon in Bibb County after a carjacking Wednesday in nearby Warner Robins. "Our thoughts and prayers are with the McKenzie family," said Houston County District Attorney George Hartwig in a...

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Escaped Inmate Was Working For Public Works Dept.

ATLANTA -- A city of Atlanta Public Works employee will soon be trading his work uniform for a jail suit.Atlanta police arrested Claude Brooks on charges of public urination last Friday. When police ran Brooks’ fingerprints, they matched those of a man already in the database under the name of Edward Nathan. Nathan had escaped from a Tampa work release detail in 1983 and hadn’t been seen since.Police in Florida said the fingerprints have solved the 27-year-old mystery.Brooks was released from jail in Atlanta before his fingerprints had been submitted to the national database...

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Children Playing Near Woods Find Man’s Body

DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. -- The body of an unidentified man was discovered by a 4- and 6-year-old while riding their bicycles near a wooded area. DeKalb County police spokesman Jason Gagnon said the discovery was made Wednesday afternoon in the 4600 block of Wildginger Run in Lithonia.Channel 2 Action News reporter Erica Byfield spoke with the mother of one of the children.“I was in the house on the couch and my daughter and niece ran in and told me there is a man in the woods,” said the woman who only wanted to be...

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Investigators: Ga. Man Killed Ex-Wife, Then Died

MONROE, Ga. -- Investigators in Walton and Greene counties said they believe a Loganville man killed his ex-wife, then died at a relative's home. Walton County authorities said 52-year-old Robert Cook was staying with his ex-wife, 60-year-old Judy Clay, when Cook strangled her with an electrical cord. Greene County sheriff's deputies found Cook's remains Jan. 9 and asked Walton County deputies to notify his ex-wife. Authorities said that when deputies arrived at Clay's Walton County home, they found her body inside. Walton County Capt. Chris Cannon said both deaths were under investigation and investigators don't know whether Cook took his own life or died...

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Woman Rescued From Under MARTA Train

ATLANTA -- A woman hit by a MARTA train Tuesday morning has been rescued, Atlanta firefighters said. The woman entered the trackway at the Five Points station in downtown Atlanta around 8 a.m., MARTA spokeswoman Cara Hodgson said. An Atlanta Fire representative said she fell in between the tracks. Atlanta firefighters said the victim was trapped under a northbound train. She was extricated shortly after and transported to Grady Hospital. “She is conscious and alert, with what appear to be non-life threatening injuries,” Hodgson said. MARTA’s northbound and southbound trains were stopped at the Five Points Station as crews worked the scene. Firefighters said...

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Store Clerk Shot, Killed During Overnight Robbery

ATLANTA -- A convenience store clerk was shot and killed during a morning robbery in southeast Atlanta, police said. Police surrounded the Glenwood Food Mart on Glenwood Avenue talking to at least two witnesses, Channel 2’s Darryn Moore reported. A robber walked into the store just after 3 a.m. and pulled a gun, police said. The robber then shot the clerk in the stomach, took the drawer from the cash register and ran, according to authorities. Officers told Moore they found money scattered on the floor of the business along with shell casings. "At some point during the robbery attempt we believe the suspect...

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Police Warn Of AC Thieves In Disguise

ATLANTA -- Atlanta police say a group of thieves in disguise are hitting homes, and have even struck a church twice. So far, police told Channel 2 Action News reporter Erica Byfield that they know of at least 10 break-ins. While investigators aren’t linking all of the cases, they said there are some similarities. Byfield visited one southeast Atlanta neighborhood where residents say the disguise kept some of them from calling police. Mark McPherson said he wasn't home at the time of the theft, but his brother in law was. “He was getting ready to take a shower and he heard the AC unit cut...

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Georgia Woman Arrested In Murder For Hire Plot

COLUMBUS, Ga. -- Police say a Pickens County woman accused of asking someone to kill her husband is under arrest and will be brought to Columbus to face charges. Columbus police Lt. Ronald Hastings said Monday that 40-year-old Johnnie Melissa Burmeister faces a felony charge of criminal solicitation to commit murder. Hastings says the woman is accused of asking someone to kill her husband, 45-year-old Michael D. Burmeister of Phenix City, Ala. Hastings said an informant contacted police in the case. He says the woman is espected to be brought to Columbus this week, but a court appearance hasn't been scheduled...

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Ga. Deputy Accused Of Stealing Inmate’s ID

ALBANY, Ga. -- Authorities have accused a south Georgia sheriff's deputy of stealing the identity of an inmate. Deputy Charles Tharpe was arrested Tuesday and charged with computer theft. Investigators said Tharpe, an 11-year veteran, used jail computers to steal an inmate's social security number and personal information, then used the information to open accounts for cash. Dougherty County Sheriff Kevin Sproul said there could be more people involved in the crime and there may be more victims. Sproul said he asked the Georgia Bureau of Investigation to investigate to assure the community there is no cover-up in the investigation. Tharpe was released from the...

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