More than six dozen residents of one apartment complex along the Beltline woke up Monday morning to find shattered glass and items stolen from their vehicles.
A total of 76 vehicles were broken into sometime Sunday night at The Edge complex on DeKalb Avenue, Channel 2 Action News reported. They were parked in a gated parking deck that has access to the Eastside Trail of the Beltline, according to the news station.
The apartment complex sits between the Old Fourth Ward and Inman Park neighborhoods, and residents pay for the prime intown location. An apartment can run anywhere from $1,500 for a studio to nearly $5,000 for three bedrooms.
“I signed a $2,700 a month lease,” resident Shanaz Rahman told Channel 2. “I was expecting to at least feel safe in my apartment complex, but I don’t.”
She said her vehicle was among the 76 damaged.
“The windows were bashed in,” she said. “There was blood in my car. They got away with cash, they got away with pepper spray, (and) they got away with some IDs.”
Rahman said the gate to the complex was broken when the thefts occurred. The Connor Group, the investment firm that owns The Edge, said in a statement to Channel 2 that it could not confirm if the gate was functional, citing the ongoing investigation.
The complex plans to add more security cameras and an additional officer to provide round-the-clock security, the news station reported. Officials have also requested increased patrols by the Atlanta Police Department.
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