CID-funded security patrols helped to thwart a suspected copper thief and gave police the tools necessary to pursue those responsible.
Just before 2 a.m., an officer making routine checks of area businesses spotted a suspicious vehicle beside a fence with a large hole near a company on Litton Drive.
The officer alerted DeKalb County police to his findings. Officers found the unoccupied vehicle filled with copper tubing or rods. Police with a K-9 unit searched the area before impounding the car. Police later arrested one suspect and issued a warrant for another.
Property co-owner Joe Simpson said he is pleased that extra security is one of the CID services benefiting the Litton Drive location, which his parents purchased in the late 1960s.
"We're glad that they are beefing up security for the area," Simpson said. "The industrial park is well established, and we are glad to have our property there. We are supportive of the successes that the CID can bring for everyone there."
The CID funds seven-day public safety patrols by private, uniformed officers and off-duty DeKalb County Police.