Arrests made in Buckhead jewelry thefts

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Atlanta police last week recovered over $100,000 in silver and jewelry believed taken in a rash of recent thefts by “pillowcase burglars” in Buckhead and other metro communities.

Channel 2's Ryan Young was at a news conference in northeast Atlanta, where police spoke about developments in the case.

Detectives on Friday arrested Farhana Sultan after receiving information from other jurisdictions, and during a search of Sultan’s downtown apartment found a cache of items believed stolen in Buckhead, Sandy Springs, Alpharetta, Cobb County and Alabama, Atlanta Police Lieutenant Rod Woody said Monday.

Woody said investigators “believe we have put a dent” in a series of burglaries linked by a common thread: the thieves broke into homes, then filled pillowcases with jewelry and silver.

“This is an ongoing investigation and we expect there will be more arrests,” Woody said.

He said detectives in coming days will ask victims to come in and see if they can identify items that may have been taken in the burglaries, which have been going on for about three months.

Investigators are still trying to link many of the recovered items to other area burglaries, Woody said.

Sultan was booked into the Fulton County Jail on Friday, charged with six counts of theft-by-receiving stolen property and possession of methamphetamine. She was released Saturday on $35,000 bond, according to jail records.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution contributed to this report.