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Posted: 5:27 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2011
CLAYTON COUNTY, Ga. —
A bizarre string of events has a burglar in the hospital with a gunshot wound to his head and warrants pending against the people in the house he's accused of breaking into.
Clayton County police responded to a home in Jonesboro early Wednesday morning. Upon arriving, they learned that two suspects had broken into the front door.
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The person renting the home fought back against one of the burglars and was shot in the hand, but the burglar was shot in the head, police said.
But Clayton Police said this wasn't a random act of violence. It appears the occupants were involved in an elaborate credit card fraud processing scam, they said.
"There were several work stations set up where they were actually making these credit cards," Tina Daniel from the Clayton County Police Department said.
The home contained several credit card processing work stations, safes, jewelry, luxury cars and approximately $200,000 in cash.
Channel 2 reporter Eric Philips caught up with the homeowner to get her reaction to what unfolded in the house she was renting.
"I'm in shock," Karen Kelly said. "I really am in shock. I had no idea. I'm as surprised as anybody."
The Secret Service and Department of Revenue were called in to join the investigation.
Warrants are now pending against the occupants of the home as well as the suspect. The other man involved escaped.
"(The renter) seemed like a very nice person and has been a great tenant as far as I was concerned," Kelly said.
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