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Thieves hit parked cars at Fayette churches, gyms

New Hope Baptist Church in Fayetteville was struck again Sunday morning by thieves who shattered the windows of two parked vehicles to get cash and credit cards, sheriff’s officials said.

And Peachtree City had five entering auto cases in five days recently as well, including two at local gyms, which has been a recurring matter, police said.

The good news is that the sheriff’s office has a fairly good video of the female perpetrator in its cases, according to Investigator Josh Shelton. Sheriff’s officials are urging local churchgoers to be vigilant and call 911 to report any suspicious activity just prior to or during church services, which is the time frame the thieves have been targeting.

The thieves first struck both New Hope Baptist Church and Flat Creek Baptist Church on April 17 and May 1, taking purses, credit cards, cellphones, GPS receivers and other items of value.

Immediately after the thefts, the duo use the stolen credit cards, often purchasing athletic shoes, officials said. They have been spotted buying shoes in Fayetteville and East Point.

Both suspects, a black male and black female, are estimated to be approximately six feet tall and in their mid-20s to 30s. They are driving a black compact car, perhaps a Honda Civic or Mitsubishi Eclipse, investigators said.

The male thief has flames tattooed on his right wrist and forearm, and sometimes wears a red Atlanta Braves cap, officials said. The female keeps her hair in a bun and wears athletic shoes, officials said.

Anyone with information relating to these incidents is asked to call Inv. Josh Shelton at 770-716-4777.

In four of Peachtree City’s five entering auto cases, the windows were shattered, police said. One incident was at a local residence, and the other two were in the City Hall area: one at Picnic Park and the other at the Library parking lot.

Items taken from the Peachtree City incidents include purses, wallets, GPS units and the like.

The incidents at the World Gym on Commerce Drive and Ultimate Fitness are noteworthy because the city has had ongoing issues with entering autos at the gyms, police said.

A citizen recovered the purse taken from the Ultimate Fitness case at the intersection of Ga. Highway 74 and Blueberry Hill, police said. Two credit cards were missing along with about $60 in cash and several miscellaneous cards, police said.

The best way to avoid having your car broken into is to either hide all valuables, including electronics, purses and the like ... or to bring them inside when you leave your car, police have said.

In some cases, motorists are making things even easier on thieves by leaving their doors unlocked, police have said.



of these skanks...just so we aren't accused of "profiling" when we report them, as they will be caught.

And I'm sorry, but if you are stupid enough to leave valuables visible, you get what you deserve. A purse? Give me a break. Guess the muscles being built up at the gym replace the grey matter that should be there.

So anything visible is for the taking? Is that what you're saying? I don't care if someone leaves a 10 karat diamond ring on their windshield. It is wrong for someone to take it. It's crazy to blame the victims and say they deserve it.

If I leave something on my front porch and someone takes it is my fault. If my wife and I go out for dinner and she has on a cute outfit and gets raped it is her fault for being cute. If I dare to leave $1.00 bill on the front seat of my car and my window gets busted for it.. its my fault. We need to wake is not our fault. It is a culture that needs to change. "something for nothing" and our government needs to stop sponsoring it. That is all

Just vote. Citizens have given their lives for that right. Stop spending money we do not have. myself

PTC PD stopped a Ford F150 w/trailer at intersection of Loring Ln. & Kimsey Ct. at 4PM today.

Driver fled running into tree line, possibly heading south.

Black male, 20-30 yrs. old, 6 feet tall, 160 lbs. red shirt, khaki pants, tatooo on forearm. Not sure if armed/or dangerous, call 911 if he is spotted.

Taken from alert from PTC.

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the timing of each of these events would be helpful.

The "morning" is not very specific and how about some dates specific times on the gym robberies.

It is possible that those reading this story actually may have seen something that could lead to arrests.

Sounds a lot like gang activity to me.

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