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Possible burglary ring targeting luxury homes in Cobb County


ATLANTA, Ga. (CBS46) — The owners of Marietta say they are concerned about a possible network of burglars targeting luxury homes in their community.

A couple installed ten Ring doorbell cameras after their neighbor was burglarized and their house was broken into. A few weeks later, this couple saw two men walking around the side of their house late at night, dressed in black and wearing masks on their cameras. The owner scared off the suspects by talking to them through the camera and microphone system.

“At first we thought it was the cops because they were IN all black. But then we saw they had the backpacks and the black mask and I told my husband as soon as I saw it,” said the owner, who did not want to be identified.

“We knew it was someone trying to break in. So that was scary. We’re just glad they got away,” she added.

Some other neighbors weren’t so lucky. Several people had their homes broken into, according to Marietta police. Police reports show that tens of thousands of dollars worth of jewelry and firearms were stolen from several homes.

“This is a very sophisticated network of organized criminals who enter homes specifically targeting those homes, they seem to know in advance who will be gone,” Marietta Police Officer Charles McPhilamy said.

Police say they believe a burglar ring may be responsible as they see the suspected criminals using a similar method to burglarize homes in Marietta, surrounding Cobb County, as well as homes in Gwinnett and DeKalb.

“In these attempts, suspects enter from the back of a house, never the front, it’s always during the evening hours,” McPhilamy said. “They specifically target jewelry and, in a few cases, firearms. In several cases, they took that owner’s vehicle to get away.

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