Alpharetta hunts ‘brazen' flat-screen thieves

They check into hotels but don't stay the night.

Instead, police say, Jonathan Cole and Brooke Harrington steal flat-screen TVs and scram.

They hit two Hampton Inns in Alpharetta on a single Saturday and are wanted for similar thefts in Gwinnett County and the city of Norcross, Alpharetta police spokesman George Gordon told the AJC.

Police released photos of Cole, 35, and Harrington, 30, on Monday.

"We quickly identified them and they have nowhere to go now," Gordon said. "It's just a matter of time."

Gordon called the April 3 thefts at the Hampton Inns "very brazen, and quite frankly stupid," given that the hotel lobbies have surveillance cameras.

In both cases, Gordon said, Cole checked in using a fake ID and paid in cash. Then he and Harrington left with flat-screens worth more than $1,000 each, Gordon said.

The pair may be traveling in Cole's 1993 Ford Explorer, with Georgia tag BJU4636. Anyone who knows the suspects or sees that vehicle is urged to call Alpharetta police at 678-297-6314.

To leave an anonymous tip, call 678-297-6307.