Teen woken up by robber with laser sight on his gun



SANDY SPRINGS, Ga. - A Sandy Springs teen said he was woken up by a burglar in his home and a handgun with a laser sight pointed dangerously close to him.

The victims, a 19-year-old and his younger sister, had a close encounter with the burglar at their home on Burdette Road.

Police said the teen saw a glowing red dot from a laser sight aiming just a few feet in front of him before the burglar shouted at him to go back into his room.

"From what he said that laser pointer or that laser on the gun was pointing at him at the wall," Capt. Steve Rose of the Sandy Springs Police Department said.

The victims reported hearing the doorbell repeatedly. Police said if they had responded somehow, even talking through the door, that may have stopped the burglary before it even started.

"All they want to know is if someone's there. And if somebody is there, chances are, they're going to go somewhere else because they don't want contact with the person," Rose said.

Police said you shouldn't open the door but shouting or flicking on a light can be enough to scare off a burglar.

"The contact was actually a mistake. Good for us because they got a good look at them," Rose said.

Police said the suspect had gear on that suggests he works as a painter. They said the man is about 6 feet tall with brown hair and goatee, and took off with a second suspect in a blue Mercedes.

Investigators said the burglars got away with thousands of dollars in jewelry.

Sandy Springs police ask if you know anything about the incident to please call them at 770-551-6900.