Fulton police break up two overnight burglaries off Camp Creek

Five suspects were in custody Wednesday morning after Fulton County police foiled two overnight burglaries in the same area off Camp Creek Parkway.

In the first incident, neighbors in the Summit at Sandtown subdivision off Reynolds Road called 911 about midnight to report suspicious activity involving prowlers and a U-Haul truck, Fulton police spokeswoman Melissa Parker said.

As officers were heading to the call, they passed the U-Haul truck leaving the neighborhood.

When officers tried to stop the truck, the U-Haul turned onto Camp Creek Parkway and three or four suspects jumped from the still-moving truck and ran into the woods.

The truck then ran into the grassy median, and one of the officers "caught up to the U-Haul and jumped in and hit the brakes before it went into oncoming traffic," Parker said.

A K-9 unit was brought in, and three of the suspects were apprehended in the woods. Aaron Jefferies, 45, Robert Crowley, 39 and Ryan Leonard, 24, were each charged with burglary, and Jefferies was also charged with giving police a false name. The fourth suspect remained at large late Wednesday morning.

Inside the truck, investigators found numerous kitchen appliances.

A short time later, police received a call about suspicious activity in the nearby Brittany Park subdivision, where callers said two men in a black Ford Bronco appeared to be loading air conditioning units into the vehicle, Parker said.

Police stopped the Bronco as it was leaving the neighborhood and found four air conditioning units crammed into the back of the vehicle, Parker said. The two men inside were arrested without incident, she said. Their names have not been released.

Parker said the two incidents were apparently unrelated. Detectives were still interviewing the suspects just before daybreak Wednesday.