Joshua Blanton
Photo: DeKalb jail
Photo: DeKalb jail

Cops: Dunwoody man traumatizes elderly neighbor with burglary

A Dunwoody man is accused by police of causing “mental anguish” to an elderly neighbor by breaking into his apartment and stealing a TV and a statue. 

The victim was so shaken by the early June incident he hadn’t been staying at his home before officers arrested the suspect Friday, according to warrants filed in DeKalb County Magistrate Court. The warrants, obtained through a records request, say the victim is over 65, not specifying his age.

READ: DeKalb Bloods gang members get long sentences for executing 2 women

READ: Here are the plans for the new North DeKalb Mall and Costco

READ: ‘A murderer I am not’: Woman tells judge she was abused before killing

Dunwoody police say they connected 28-year-old Joshua Blanton to the Chamblee Dunwoody Road burglary through fingerprints. The warrants suggest investigators believe it happened sometime between June 9 and 12. The victim apparently wasn’t home.

The warrants allege Blanton pawned the TV.

He’s charged with burglary and elder exploitation.

DeKalb jail records show he remains in custody.

Like DeKalb County News Now on Facebook | Follow on Twitter

In other news: 

Arnez McNeill is charged with making false statements for allegedly lying about where her son was, police said.

Support real journalism. Support local journalism. Subscribe to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution today. See offers.

Your subscription to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution funds in-depth reporting and investigations that keep you informed. Thank you for supporting real journalism.