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Thief Strikes Multiple Apartment Units

Gwinnett County police report that five apartment units were burglarized the same day at one complex in unincorporated Norcross.

Building No. 16 got the brunt of a recent night of burglarizing at the Oakwood Vista apartments located in unincorporated Norcross.

Victims living on Coleville Circle reported that numerous items were stolen by the culprit or culprits during the daytime hours on Sept. 24, possibly after 7 a.m., according to the police report. 

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According to reports, the apartment doors appear to have been pried or forced open. Once police learned of one incident, they checked other units and discovered multiple burglaries.

All but one of the burglarized units were in the same breezeway.

Items taken include expensive laptops and televisions.

Although police talked to neighbors, no one provided additional information. As of earlier this week, no arrests were made.

Wallflower October 08, 2012 at 02:08 PM
I now live in an apartment complex here on PCC. Hadn't lived in an apartment for over 25 years but life and the economy took an unexpected turn. There is no gate here. People can come on foot through the woods from other complexes adjacent to this one, there are some fences but they are not maintained. There is supposed to be an on-site security person but you only see one when there has been a big crime, like a rape here this year. When caught, the police listed the rapist's address as living here but the office said he didn't live here. ??? They said they can't control when people are living here that are not listed on a lease. I don't know of a solution to that one. Another resident said that he had been living in the woods here. The office said the victim had actually met the rapist at a bus stop and had given him her phone number, so it was not a random crime. Maybe, maybe not. He entered on a Sunday morning, in daylight, through an unlocked patio door. He raped and sodomized her, burned her clothing and bedding in her tub to destroy evidence, and also "cleaned" her to destroy DNA evidence. Luckily, he missed some, as that is what got him caught. This summer, the SWAT team was around the corner from my apartment. My first instinct was to go out to see what was going on, but my room mate said "You don't go outside when there are police with big guns!!" Good advice! If asked about crime, the office says there is crime everywhere.
Wallflower October 08, 2012 at 02:09 PM
As I will be losing my room mate soon and will be living alone, safety is a big concern for me. This complex does not allow pit bulls or german shepherds but they are here. The maintenance guys are always around, don't they see them?? I am afraid every day when I walk my small dog. I have seen a large dog pull the leash from their master's hand to chase us. Another slipped out of his collar to chase us. Luckily we were not harmed. When we are walking and see a big dog, I quickly and quietly go a different way. Have to be continually on the alert. I report these things and get "yessed" by the office but they never send out a letter about dogs like they say they will. I am afraid to complain too much and get on the office's bad side, as I can't afford to live anywhere safer. There was a comment on this site not long ago about a loose pit bull roaming around the complex next to ours for days. I know not all of these dogs are vicious but you have to assume that they are, to be on the safe side.
Wallflower October 08, 2012 at 02:09 PM
So every day I get email with the Gwinnett County jail intake mug shots for our zip code to see where the criminals live. Most of the ones I see live in the surrounding complexes, not too many in this one, so that's good, relatively speaking. I also check Crimemapping.com regularly to see the crimes committed in this complex and surrounding area. It is nerve wracking. I am somewhat friendly to other residents here but after looking at mug shots every day I try not to trust anyone, which goes against my nature. On my way in last night, I saw what looked like a uniformed security guy. I will need to check the crime reports to see if something happened. The web site apartmentratings.com has a lot of interesting comments about the complexes here. This is the reality of apartment living in most of Norcross/Peachtree Corners!!

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