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8-year-old helps catch a serial car thief

6:42 AM, Dec 17, 2013   |    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.

The child spotted the suspect breaking into his parents' car in their driveway on Sunday night. 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.

The 8-year-old hero will receive a letter of appreciation from Brookhaven Police Chief Gary Yandura at an upcoming city council meeting.


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