News Nearby: Peek-A-Boo I See You (And Get Arrested)

APD arrests flashlight wielding trio of car burglars. The case is a good reminder that you should never leave valuables in your vehicle, especially as the holidays approach.


If you're going to break into cars, it's probably not a good idea to draw attention to yourself.

By using a flashlight.

At night on a major street.

In front of a police officer.

But that's the scene an Atlanta police officer patrolling the Little Five Points area saw while on patrol on the evening of Nov. 15 around 9:30 p.m.

The officer who was patrolling the 300 block of Moreland Avenue in Little Five Points noticed someone using a flashlight in the parking lot across the street from 337 Moreland Ave. NE. The man was going from vehicle to vehicle, shining his flashlight throughout each while a woman stood watch at the edge of the parking lot.

Seeing the officer, she motioned for her parter to flee and the pair jumped into a waiting silver car with a third person and the trio tried to flee.

The officer stopped the vehicle and discovered the trunk loaded with what turned out to be stolen items:

  • Two laptops, including one belonging to the Fulton County School system
  • A guitar
  • A Samsung tablet
  • A book bag with the Fulton County Schools logo on it with schools-related papers inside

The Fulton County laptop and school items were stolen from a car parked in the lot behind East Atlanta Thai & Sushi in East Atlanta Village earlier that night.

One of the suspects, William Wesley Pearson, 34, admitted to stealing the items, police said.

He was promptly arrested, as were his accomplices, Alice Mae Blackwell, 26, and Grgory J. Sigmon, 20.

All three are charged with illegally entering an auto, theft by receiving stolen property and possession of tools to commit a crime.

They were taken to the DeKalb County Jail.

Atlanta police have stressed the importance of not leaving items such as laptops and GPS devices and smartphones in vehicles or in plain view.

A recent rash in car larcenies in East Atlanta Village, for example, is being directly attributed to folks leaving their electronics in their vehicles, police said.

Marilyn Bowden November 17, 2012 at 06:10 PM
My car was broken into on Moreland om 11/13 at 7-9pm in the parking lot behind the church across the street from Urban Outfitters. Yet - if you eat on the patio at Murphey's there is a Police car with blue lights pulling someone over every 3-5 minutes. Park Atlanta receives a signal immediately when your car space expires. And, Police seem annoyed documenting what to us is devastating. It is crystal clear to us as long time residents that our tax dollars do not go to "serve and protect" intown anymore. The business owners are not required to shoulder ANY security but their restaurants and bars bring more and more crime - including murder. I felt far more safe in Virginia Highland 20 years ago because at least then I wouldn't have a dollar sign target for not only criminals but Police.
Stephen W. Ramsden November 18, 2012 at 12:00 PM
I have never had anything but the utmost of respectful interaction with the police in Virginia Highlands in the 47 years I have lived here, both as a young punk who probably needed arresting and now as a grumpy old codger who wants to get rid of the young punks:). Yes, sometimes they aren't going to arrive in 15 minutes to investigate a car burglary but I would rather they were patrolling for these drug-addict a-holes that are out there looking for naive newcomers to the neighborhood who leave their stuff out on the porch or in the front seat of their cars, or worse yet, the asinine young girls or even couples who get toasted at MJQ or Neighbors and then walk down Ponce at 3AM to their cars parked half a mile away. I would say that we have a great group of officers in Va High and Little Five Points. Unfortunately, we allow these all night drug emporiums to go full blast all through the neighborhoods and everyone just sluffs it off as "part of living intown". Not to mention the people who for some reason keep giving their spare change to these vagrants roaming the neighborhoods. Why not put up a sign advertising that we will pay you for casing our houses? Dont leave your stuff in plain site and stop giving money to these vagrants and you wont get bothered. Also, a generally mean look on your face goes a long way too...:)
glen bussey November 28, 2012 at 07:47 PM
This is Alice Blackwell fucking liars talk funny ha ha funny.
glen bussey November 28, 2012 at 07:55 PM
talking about me my people ducking pigs do your jobs.stop making shit up can you say lawyer
Stephen W. Ramsden November 28, 2012 at 08:38 PM


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