by: Richard Elliot Updated:
ATLANTA - Atlanta police may be one step closer to solving a series of crimes in the East Atlanta area, and it may be thanks to closer cooperation with DeKalb County police.
Deputy Atlanta Police Chief Renee Propes, a former Zone 6 commander, said Monday that they have been working closely with DeKalb and Decatur police to solve these crimes. She said on July 4, DeKalb police arrested four men after
"DeKalb made some
Propes said solving these crimes is a top priority for APD and the city of Atlanta. She said there are extra police patrolling the area, and they have assigned other units from outside Zone 6 to aid in the search for the criminals, including the Tactical Traffic Unit, Community Oriented Policing Unit, Specials Ops and the Motor Squad.
"We don't leave Zone 6 out here to take care of the problem in Zone 6," said Propes. "We address it from a big-picture perspective."
Still, Patrick Cotrona's sister is disturbed that six weeks have gone by since his murder, and yet, the crime spree continues.
"It feels like in only six short weeks, we've already seen more and more robberies," said Kate Cotrona Krumm. "Not only did I not want Patrick's name to just kind of vanish, I wanted
East Atlanta Community Association President Kevin Spigener said there will be an unprecedented meeting of eight in-town neighborhood associations to discuss the criminal activity. Atlanta and DeKalb
"Appalling," said Spigener. "That's what the community woke up to Sunday morning. Shock and disbelief that these things continue to happen week after week."