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Clayton County Sheriff's Office, GA
Thursday October 19th, 2017 :: 05:53 p.m. EDT


Three Burglars Captured Today By Sheriff Victor Hill's Elite B.A.T. Unit!

When Commissioner Gordon needs specialists in crime fighting, he puts out the bat signal.  When Sheriff Hill wants something done about burglars and car thieves, he signals for the B.A.T. ( Burglary  Auto-theft  Truancy) Unit to respond!


Yesterday in Riverdale, burglars broke into houses and stole not only personal items, but took car keys as well. The thieves returned during the night and used the keys stolen during the burglary to take a 2017 Cadillac, and a 2001 GMC Truck. 


The victims of the burglaries personally contacted Sheriff Victor Hill and without hesitation he signaled for the B.A.T. Unit to go into action.


B.A.T. responded and made contact with the victims to gather information to put to use.  While working with Clayton County  & Riverdale Police, B.A.T. located one of the vehicles in a neighborhood near Church Street. The other vehicle was found in the Villages on the River Apartments located on Church Street in Riverdale.


For hours, the  B.A.T. Unit surveilled the GMC truck and waited for a suspect to appear.    19 year old Marcus Jerod Smith along with two male juveniles who should have been in school later came out of an apartment and drove off in the truck.  Smith had on gloves.


 Smith and the two juvenile delinquents did not know or suspect that they were being followed in an unmarked car by members of Sheriff Victor Hill's elite B.A.T. Unit who were radioing patrol cars to come in from every direction.


Units converged in on Smith and the two male juveniles giving them no avenue of escape.  They were all taken into custody without a fight.  Items from the burglaries were located in the truck. B.A.T. also found burglary tools.  


The burglary victims identified the suspects as three people they saw casing their neighborhood over the last few days. All of their property and vehicles were returned to them.  All in a days work of the B.A.T. Unit!


Smith is now in front of a wall facing it at Georgia's toughest para-military jail.


 The Clayton County Sheriff's Office



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Clayton County Sheriff's Office, GA
9157 Tara Blvd
Jonesboro, GA 30236

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