A Cobb County man faces a slew of charges after police say they connected him to at least five burglaries and auto break-ins in his own neighborhood, Channel 2 Action News reported.
Authorities said Laquinta Qualls, 31, used a crowbar to enter several homes at the Village at Six Flags mobile home park in Austell.
Once inside, Qualls helped himself to jewelry, cash, cellphones and sneakers, authorities said. According to his arrest warrant, one of the break-ins turned violent when he allegedly put a knife to a homeowner’s throat before taking two gold necklaces, a gold and diamond ring and $300.
In the past month, Cobb police have investigated 16 home and auto burglaries at the trailer park, Channel 2 reported, and authorities say they have linked Qualls to five of them.
Several residents have voiced concerns about the alleged crime spree because of how many children live and play in the neighborhood.
RHP Properties, the management company for the mobile home park, said in a statement that representatives met with police and held a community meeting this month. They also said they’re looking to hire a nightly security guard to patrol the neighborhood.
Qualls was arrested Monday and charged with two counts of burglary, two counts of entering a motor vehicle, criminal trespass, home invasion and armed robbery. He’s being held at the Cobb County jail without bond.
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