Men posing as tree trimmers steal $100K in jewelry from Buckhead couple, police say

ATLANTA — The two men have been arrested after police said they stole $100,000 in jewelry from a Buckhead couple’s home.

The burglary happened on May 29 at a home off West Paces Ferry Road. Police said the men were able to enter the home posing as tree trimmers working in the neighborhood.

Surveillance video from a Ring doorbell camera shows one of the men claiming they would be working on a neighbor’s yard.

“I’m just going to show you exactly what we’re doing,” the man says. The woman agrees to meet him in the back.


The surveillance video then shows a second man walk up, knock a few times and check the other entrances to the home before he entered through a back door.

Justin Frank, 27, and Jacob Mitchell, 23, were arrested in New Orleans and Houston on warrants out of Florida. Atlanta police are working to secure warrants for the men while connected to the burglary.

Investigators are still looking into whether the two men, who were seen driving in a Chevy Suburban, had other victims in the neighborhood.

“It’s not something that’s new. This is stuff we’ve seen before. We want to make sure people are aware of it,” Sgt. John Chafee said. “If you are suspicious of what they are doing, you can ask questions. You can ask for a business card. You can call 911 and have police come out as well. If you believe they are legitimate and you are going to step outside, make sure you secure your home.”

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