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Gainesville police chief: Crime scene van break-in connected to Dixon case
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A DeKalb County crime scene van became the scene of a crime that police believe is connected to the Deputy Nicolas Blane Dixon death investigation.

Gainesville Police took a report July 6 regarding a van operated by a civilian employee who lives in Gainesville.

According to the report, police believe the suspects used a “jimmy/pry tool or device” between 11 p.m. July 5 and 6 p.m. July 6.

The report listed a pepper spray, camera, utility belt, baton, flashlight and two panels of a bulletproof vest as stolen.

“During the arrest of those responsible for the crimes surrounding Deputy Dixon’s death, Hall County (sheriff’s office deputies were) able to recover the following items that were stolen from the DeKalb County Crime Scene Van,” Gainesville Police Chief Jay Parrish said Friday, July 19.

The items recovered included the pepper spray, utility belt and baton.

Parrish said officers “collected some fingerprints and stuff from the van that still have to be processed.”

“We certainly believe that that break-in of that vehicle was connected to the same group that’s responsible for Deputy Dixon’s murder,” he said.

Four 17-year-olds have been charged with felony murder in the death of Dixon July 7 on Highland Avenue.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation announced five more arrests Wednesday, all teenagers, who were accused of tampering with evidence and hindering apprehension of a criminal.

GBI spokeswoman Nelly Miles confirmed the newly arrested suspects are here legally, and Northeastern Judicial Circuit District Attorney Lee Darragh said the four felony murder suspects were born in the United States.

Dixon was shot to death in an exchange of gunfire in Gainesville after pulling over a car and engaging in a foot pursuit with four suspects. Police have said the car was stolen, and a pawn shop burglary in which a large number of firearms were stolen is connected.

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