School burglary suspect identified by arrest citation in pocket

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ATLANTA —

Atlanta police say they were able to identify a school burglary suspect because he had an arrest citation with his name on it for a burglary at another school in his pocket.

Investigators said they were notified of the break-in when a silent alarm was activated at Scott Elementary School at 1752 Hollywood Road at 11:55 p.m. Monday. Officers said they could see a man on camera walking around from room to room. He had on a red shirt, blue jeans and had his face covered.

When officers arrived, the man saw them and ran out of the building toward Hollywood Road. Officers chased him toward the street, ordering him to stop. He dropped the bag he was carrying. Officers caught him in the street and detained him.

Officers recovered the bag and it contained a laptop computer with an Atlanta Public Schools sticker on the back.

The man was placed under arrest, but did not have any identification on him and refused to say anything to police. Officers found an arrest citation with the name “Maurice Ware” for burglary at Westlake High School in his left front pocket. He was then taken to jail and charged with burglary and obstruction of justice.