The investigation into a series of nighttime residential burglaries in East Cobb is ongoing, and three acquaintances arrested in February learned this week that they each face seven additional charges in connection with the case.
According to Cobb County criminal warrants issued this week, Jontavious Clark, 26, of Austell; Maloy Brooks, 48, of Atlanta; and Jaquoria Harris, 20, of College Park, each face three counts of card fraud, two counts of entering auto, one count of theft by taking and one count of identity fraud.
"As the investigation continues," Cobb County Police Capt. Wayne Pickett said this evening, "additional charges are being made. They will continue till the investigation is exhausted. The detective is working extremely hard on these cases."
Between Jan. 17 and Jan. 26, the suspects allegedly targeted affluent neighborhoods located off Lower Roswell Road, east of Johnson Ferry Road.
After police increased patrols in the area, Clark, Brooks and Harris were arrested Feb. 4 on charges of burglary and entering auto. According to warrants for the suspects, Harris "physically pointed out the victims' residence(s) and vehicles that were entered. She was able to describe details of how the vehicles were entered and the property that was taken."
The new charges stem from a Jan. 17 theft.
Just before 7:30 p.m., Brooks allegedly entered an unlocked 2011 Porsche Cayenne and stole a $35,000 Gucci crocodile purse that contained the owner's American Express cards, records show.
After the purse was swiped, the suspects allegedly went to various Atlanta gas stations on Jan. 18. There was a $101 American Express charge at an Exxon at 2:49 a.m.; a $100 transaction at a Chevron at 3:40 a.m.; and a $55.26 transaction at an Exxon sometime between midnight and 11:59 p.m.
According to the warrants, Clark told authorities that he provided Brooks transportation to and from the incident locations and that they "would profit from the sale of gasoline using the stolen credit cards as well as split any cash taken."
The purse was later recovered at Harris' residence, records show.
In all, as many as 17 people were victimized in Cobb, Lt. Destiny Davidson said during a Feb. 7 press conference announcing the arrests. There were other victims in other jurisdictions. Those jurisdictions are handling their own cases, so the total number of victims might be closer to 30, she said at the time.
None of the East Cobb incidents involved forced entry. Vehicles were left unlocked in the driveway or in unlocked garages, some of which were open. In cases where suspects entered homes, doors were also left unlocked.
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