• Police: Thieves breaking into cars at Georgia Aquarium deck, using kids to 'blend in'

    By: Nefertiti Jaquez

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    Atlanta police say they are looking for two men responsible for breaking into almost a dozen cars in a Georgia Aquarium parking deck.

    What’s even crazier — they are using children to help them carry out the crimes.

    Channel 2 Action News obtained video of the thieves inside the parking deck.

    Atlanta police said the two men were able to load up their shopping cart and walk out of a Sam’s Club after breaking into cars at the Georgia Aquarium and walking away with cash and credit cards.

    "It was very disturbing to say the least," the victim told Channel 2's Nefertiti Jaquez.


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    She said she was there with her children and father who was visiting from out of town: 

    "There were families all over so nobody looked out of place of suspicious," she said.

    What’s even more troubling, police said they are using children to help them carry out the crimes. Police told Channel 2 the men used boys, believed to be under the age of 10, to “blend in.” 

    “It’s frustrating to think that they would continue that – and those children are involved, learning and thinking that’s acceptable behavior when it’s not," the victim said.

    Since June 15, detectives said the men have broken into at least 10 cars inside the parking deck. They've taken credit and debit cards, passports and social security information..

    In one case, they even got away with a money bag containing $1,100.

    We reached out to Georgia Aquarium and they sent a statement that reads in part:

    "We take this matter and the safety of all our guests, staff, volunteers and animals very seriously. We have security cameras throughout our parking deck and a 24/7 security team to monitor our building, parking deck, and entrances and exits."

    If you recognize either man, call crime stoppers at 404-577-TIPS (404-577-8477).

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