An Atlanta Starbucks will be closed indefinitely after a burglar broke inside and vandalized the building last weekend. (J.D. CAPELOUTO/JDCAPELOUTO@AJC.COM)

Starbucks in Little Five Points vandalized, closed indefinitely

An Atlanta Starbucks will be closed indefinitely after a burglar broke inside and vandalized the building last weekend. 

“We’re thankful that none of our (employees) or customers were affected,” a Starbucks spokesperson told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Monday. “The store was closed and empty at the time of the issue.” 

Police arrested Wyatt Harrison Desantis, 24, of Atlanta, and charged him with burglary and criminal damage to property in the second degree, according to online Fulton County Jail records. He remained in the jail Monday afternoon. 

A witness told police he saw Desantis kick in a window to the store, located on 506 Moreland Ave., just after 11 p.m. Saturday, according to an Atlanta police report. (Credit: J.D. Capelouto/jdcapelouto@ajc.com)

A witness told police he saw Desantis kick in a window to the store, located on 506 Moreland Ave., just after 11 p.m. Saturday, according to an Atlanta police report. 

Desantis told police “he was upset at life, mad at the business and wanted to be mischievous,” according to the report. Desantis said “the business stole his money,” according to the report.  He also told police he had been drinking before the incident. 

Wyatt Harrison Desantis, 24, of Atlanta
Photo: Fulton County Sheriff's Office

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In all, the store suffered damage to several interior and cooking items, including its front doors, three windows, cash register, oven, furniture, artwork, shelves, coffee brewer, espresso machine and other store products.  Atlanta police and Starbucks officials do not yet know the cost of the vandalism. 

In all, the store suffered damage to several interior and cooking items, including its front doors, three windows, cash register, oven, furniture, artwork, shelves, coffee brewer, espresso machine and other store products.  Atlanta police and Starbucks officials do not yet know the cost of the vandalism.  (Credit: J.D. Capelouto/jdcapelouto@ajc.com)

It is not clear when the store, which was due for remodeling later this year, will reopen. 

“We’re thinking about taking the opportunity to accelerate (the) remodel,” the spokesperson said. 

In the meantime, employees have been relocated to other metro Atlanta stores. 

Customers may also get their caffeine fix at the Starbucks located on 650 Ponce De Leon Ave. in the Whole Foods Plaza, about a mile-and-a-half from the vandalized location. There are also two nearby locations inside the Target and Kroger stores in the Edgewood plaza. 


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