Atlanta police cruiser broken into while officer was responding to call

Atlanta police cruiser hit by smash-and-grab thieves

An Atlanta police officer investigating reports of shots being fired at a southeast Atlanta apartment complex Sunday night was himself the victim of thieves.

The incident happened about 9:30 p.m. Sunday after the officer responded to two different calls involving gunfire at an apartment complex on New Town Circle.

Police were unable to find any evidence of a shooting, and when the officer returned to his patrol car, the driver’s side window had been smashed out with a rock, Channel 2 Action News reported.

“It appears the individuals attempted to take the mobile computer from the car,” Atlanta police Major Van Hobbs told Channel 2. “It was dismounted from the holder; however, the security cable kept the computer in place.”

The thieves did take a bag containing the officer’s personal items, the station reported.

Hobbs said investigators are looking into the possibility that the initial shots fired calls were pranks, aimed at drawing police to the complex.

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