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Elderly Housekeepers Accused of Burglary at Apartment Complex

Norcross residents Lamar and Eleanor Melson allegedly stole several items from a Sandy Springs apartment unit after its tenant passed away.

Lamar Melson, left, and wife Eleanor Melson have each been charged with four counts of burglary for taking several personal items from an apartment unit where they performed housekeeping duties. Credit: Fulton County Jail.
Lamar Melson, left, and wife Eleanor Melson have each been charged with four counts of burglary for taking several personal items from an apartment unit where they performed housekeeping duties. Credit: Fulton County Jail.
By Kristal Dixon

An elderly couple from the Norcross-area is facing burglary charges for allegedly taking items from an apartment unit where they were tasked with performing housekeeping duties. 

Eleanor Drake Melson, 76, and her husband, Lamar Albert Melson, 81, were arrested by Sandy Springs detectives on Monday, May 12, and each face four counts of burglary.  

According to the Sandy Springs Police Department, the Melsons committed the first of four burglaries at an apartment unit the day after its occupant passed away.  

"The pair did not live in the complex, but did housekeeping duties for several of the residents and had access to the victim's apartment," the agency added. 

The Melsons are accused of taking several personal items from the apartment unit in April, and used shopping carts to remove the stolen items from the unit. 

Among the items taken were were two vases family members told police were valued at $3,000.

The victim's family members noticed apartment items were missing and reported it to police earlier this month. The Melsons were arrested at 300 Johnson Ferry Road and booked into the Fulton County Jail.

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