Citizen's tip lead police to two robbery arrests

1:35 PM, Sep 19, 2012   |    comments
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CONYERS, Ga. -- The Conyers Police Department thanks a tip from an anonymous caller that helped them arrest two men on Monday in the Hunting Creek subdivision.

CPD Officer Chase Pate responded to a robbery in progress call on Monday, September 17 at 1:11 p.m. He arrived to the scene at 1759 Ridge Court, and was told that two black males were leaving in a green Ford Explorer.

Pate met with the caller, who is remaining anonymous, and confirmed the location of the Explorer at a townhome near the area. He then called for assistance, and questioned the men when they left the townhome of 1762 Fox Chase Court.

Terry Burris-Bent, 19, of Lithonia and John Blackwell, 20, of Conyers told Pate they were at the townhome where the robbery occurred because they heard they could make extra money by helping to move appliances out of the townhome.

When Pate looked in the SUV, he found a stove/oven combination in the back. Other officers on the scene found that door handles were missing from the townhome that was robbed.

After questioning, Burris-Bent and Blackwell were arrested and charged with first degree burglary and taken to the Rockdale County Jail.

Chief of Police Gene Wilson said, "I commend the citizen who alerted us to this criminal activity and encourage those that feel safe to do so to please report anything that might assist the police in taking criminals off of our streets."


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