APD creates Buckhead task force to catch kidnappers



ATLANTA - Atlanta police have set up a special Buckhead task force to try and catch a group of kidnappers who have struck the neighborhood several times in the last couple of weeks.
Investigators aren't saying exactly how many crimes they are trying to link together but have released surveillance video of a group of men using a victim's credit card at a Foot Locker store at Stonecrest Mall.  Police want to identify the men.
"It appears, at this point, it's been just about money," Atlanta police Lt. R. Woody told Channel 2's Tony Thomas.

He said there could be two to six people involved in the crimes.
At least three residents have been kidnapped as they left their vehicles in the early morning hours. Reports show they were thrown into a car and driven around before being forced to withdraw money from an ATM. None of them has been harmed.
Investigators also have video of a gold Nissan Maxima or Infiniti with unique rims that has been seen near some of the crimes. They also have found a photo from an ATM of a man using a stolen card. He was wearing a Lithonia High School Football sweatshirt.
The problem for police is they have no idea who the men are.

"It appears that they are just picking people at random," said Woody.
Police also report a potential break in the case. Several Atlanta investigators spent Thursday in Greenville, S.C. interviewing a man who was arrested while in one of the victim's cars. Police hope his information will lead to arrests.

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