Jatavious Denny
Photo: Duluth Police Department
Photo: Duluth Police Department

Police: Man caught trying to break into Duluth apartment

An Atlanta man with a lengthy rap sheet is back behind bars after police caught him trying to break into a Duluth apartment in the middle of the afternoon, authorities said.

Jatavious Denny, 22, was arrested Monday after a resident called police and said someone was trying to break in through his apartment window. 

Officers responded to the 2300 block of Wesley Plantation Drive about 1:20 p.m. and found Denny a few buildings away, police said in a Facebook post. The 911 caller identified Denny as the burglary suspect after he was taken into custody.

He was charged with first-degree burglary and possession of tools for the commission of a crime, Gwinnett County jail records show. He is being held on a $15,800 bond.

Monday’s arrest wasn’t Denny’s first run-in with the law. 

In February 2017, he was arrested in Clayton County on hit-and-run, reckless driving, theft by receiving stolen property, aggravated assault, fleeing from police, obstruction and several other charges. He eventually pleaded guilty to the theft charge, fleeing from police and reckless driving, court records show. He was sentenced to two years.

Anyone with information about Monday’s alleged break-in attempt is asked to call Duluth police at 678-512-3731.

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