8-year-old boy foils car break-in

7:39 AM, Jan 15, 2014   |    comments
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BROOKHAVEN, Ga. -- Brookhaven police are crediting an 8-year-old boy with helping them catch a serial car break-in suspect.

Chris Mattus spotted the suspect breaking into his parents' car in their driveway on a Sunday night in mid-December. He told his mother, who called the police.

Investigators found a man who matched the boy's description of the suspect at a nearby construction site. He was arrested and charged with entering auto, loitering and prowling. His name was not released.

"This suspect would still be on the street without the tip we got from this little boy," Brookhaven Police Lt. Juan Grullon said in a statement. "He was so articulate, alert and detailed that it helped us find the suspect right away."

Grullon added that the suspect is also a person of interest in at least six other car break-ins.

Chris was honored Tuesday evening by city leaders in Brookhaven for his heroic actions.

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