Maurice Brown (left), Willie Tinch (Credit: Channel 2 Action News)

Resident’s tip helps police arrest burglary suspects

Two men who allegedly broke through a wall of a Sandy Springs liquor store were arrested after a nearby resident alerted police, Channel 2 Action News reported.

Police said Maurice Brown and Willie Tinch made off with boxes filled with booze and cigarettes last week after they went through the wall of Elite Liquor on Roswell Road, the station reported.

“A few minutes later, we got a call from a resident on Morgan's Landing Drive,” Sandy Springs police Sgt. Sam Worsham said. “She was reporting an entering auto in progress.”

The caller saw two men peeking into cars and loading boxes into an SUV. Police caught up to the men.

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“They found a box containing expensive liquor in the back of one of the vehicles and cartons of cigarettes as well,” Worsham said.

According to a police report, the box had an address label for Elite Liquor. Officers then made their way to the store and saw that the back door had been broken into.

Brown and Tinch are charged with burglary, and Brown also is charged with criminal damage to property because of damage to the building.

Anna Zavala, a customer of the liquor store, lives in the complex and is glad the neighbor spoke up.

“This is such a nice area,” Zavala said, “and always police around, always around for everything.”

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