Authorities say the arrests of four Atlanta area men on charges of possessing tools to commit a crime could be a breakthrough in an ongoing burglary investigation.
While three of the suspects remain in custody, Doug Rainwater of the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office said investigators are “collecting evidence and conducting interviews” about the men he believes are “going to be prime suspects in seven different burglaries dating back to December of 2012.”
Rainwater said Adrian Adams, Bereket Lewis, Kevin Wickliffe and Bryan Williams were traveling together on Bethel Road in north Forsyth about 4 a.m. Monday when they were pulled over for crossing over the centerline.
According to Rainwater, deputies found crowbars, a homemade mask and other items that could have been used in the seven burglaries, most of which occurred at gas stations and pizza restaurants.
The burglaries are all “similar in nature, to where they either forced open the back door or knocked a hole in the wall in the back of the business after cutting the phone lines so that the alarm systems would be deactivated,” Rainwater said.
Most of the crimes happened between 2 and 5 a.m., Rainwater said, and the targets were cash in registers and safes. In a couple of instances, the safes were removed from stores.
Bond has been set at $5,610 for all except Wickliffe, whose bond was $6,215 because he also faced the charge of failing to maintain lane while driving.
Lewis was released after posting bond, according to authorities.
While Wickliffe also posted bond, he’s facing a parole violation count, so he hasn’t been released.
Both Adams and Williams have holds for warrants in at least one other county and have not made bond.
All four suspects live in either Atlanta or Marietta, where Rainwater said he is looking to see if similar burglaries have happened, as well as in neighboring jurisdictions.