ATHENS, Ga. — Two recent burglaries may be related to an ongoing statewide string of burglaries targeting Asian families, particularly business owners, Lt. Patrick Whitmore said Monday.
The Athens-Clarke County Police Department suspects that burglars stole thousands of dollars of jewelry and gold from two Asian families on September 7 and 2nd, according to incident reports.
Lt. Whitmore, the lead investigator, said they’ve been tracking these suspects for about a year.
“I hate to give them credit for being professional, but they are,” said Whitmore.
The suspects haven’t left behind any key evidence — apart from a partial fingerprint at a recent crime scene — which makes it difficult to track down the suspects.
What the police do see, though, is a pattern: Asian families, usually business owners, are the target, and the burglars only take gold and jewelry — they leave behind expensive televisions and laptops.
Whitmore wouldn’t say why that’s significant to him because he doesn’t want to tip off the suspects.
By: Dillon Richards
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