Technology helping cops solve crimes

Technology helping cops solve crimes

Three criminal incidents this week were helped greatly by the use of new age reader cameras.

Flock Safety cameras were recently installed in the city of Fayetteville and unincorporated Fayette County, and the cameras helped Fayette County law enforcement make five arrests last week.

On Sept. 16 at 2:41 p.m., the Sheriff’s Department received a hit from the cameras about a stolen vehicle in the county. The vehicle had been involved in a carjacking in Atlanta on Tuesday and was near Ga. Highway 314 and New Hope Road. Sheriff Barry Babb said the car fled from the department and crashed at Ga. Highway 85 and Promenade Parkway. The suspects fled, but the department captured the three juveniles in the car, and they were arrested. Babb said the Fayetteville Police Department also assisted in the capture.

Later that day at 2:55 p.m. the Sheriff’s Department got a call about a theft in progress at the QuickTrip on Ga. Highway 85. Sheriff Babb said they also got a hit from one of the cameras concerning a Gold BMW SUV in the area.

When the deputies arrived, the victim said that she was pumping gas and a black male entered her car from the passenger side and stole her purse. The suspect fled the area in the BMW SUV, and Sheriff Babb said having the tag number should allow for the department to solve the crime quicker.

Finally, at 4:22 p.m., the department received another hit on a license plate from a car that had been stolen near the Fayette Pavilion. Babb said his department, the Crime Suppression Unit, and the Clayton County Sheriff’s Department Cobra Unit were able to apprehend two suspects after the car crashed and the victims fled on foot. One suspect was located near WalMart and one was located in Publix. Jonathan Brown, 38, of Memphis and Brandon Wyche, 27, of Barnesville were arrested and taken to the Fayette County Jail.