A Dekalb County man said thieves stole more than $5,000 worth of clothes, electronics and guns from his apartment.
The victim showed Channel 2’s Craig Lucie his cleaned-out unit at the Wellington Court apartments in Decatur. He said the items vanished after maintenance workers stopped by his apartment.
“Everything inside my bedroom was missing,” Melvin Thompson said. “The jewelry, watches I had sitting right here. I had a 60-inch flat screen, the Play Station 3 and the Xbox. Everything that was sitting right here was gone.”
Thompson, a security supervisor, said he moved in a month ago and knew exactly where everything was, including his prized collection of 182 pairs of shoes. He said the apartment maintenance crew came to repair a leak in his bathroom while he was at work Thursday before the burglary.
“I looked in my closet, I had clothes missing. I got empty boxes of shoes. My guns were on a shelf in the closet. They were gone,” Thompson said.
He said there was sign of forced entry, and the windows and his back patio door have metal bars on them. The door also has three locks on it. He believes whoever stole his things had a key.
Thompson said when he and the DeKalb County detective asked the manager where the extra key to his apartment was, the manager had no reply.
“She actually never came back to verify or tell the officer at the scene whether or not the key was in the office,” Thompson said.
He said management also won’t tell him much about the crew that was at his apartment.
“The only thing they can offer on this sheet is what day the work order was created and what day it was closed out, but it does not say who was inside my apartment,” Thompson said.
Lucie contacted apartment management but has yet to hear back.
Anyone with information on the burglary is asked to contact DeKalb County police at 770-724-7841.