North Fulton County

R. Kelly's metro Atlanta mansions emptied while singer was on tour

NORTH FULTON COUNTY, Ga. — Police said an associate of singer R.Kelly stole everything inside his two metro Atlanta homes and sold it off.

Channel 2's Mike Petchenik was the first reporter to break the story on social media. He learned police got a tip from Kelly's maid.

The woman discovered Kelly’s rented Johns Creek home entirely cleaned out in November -- From couches to tables and even the singer’s diamond-encrusted hoodie.

"She found that the place had literally been ransacked,” said Johns Creek Cpt. Chris Byers.

Byers said when officers checked both of Kelly’s homes, they found everything missing.


"Many televisions. Furnishings.  We're talking about couches, chairs, tables,” Byers said.

Neighbors said they saw suspicious trucks at the homes for about a week.

“There were all kinds of strange vehicles and people coming and going from the house all times during the night,” one neighbor said.

Then last week, neighbor Mark Gibson said another truck showed up, and so did police.

"They blocked the guy in,” Gibson said. “One of the guys got out with his gun drawn."

"Ultimately led them to an individual that they say hired them that works for Mr. Kelly's organization,” Byers said. “They were told he was moving his organization out of Atlanta back to Chicago and was selling off all of his belongings."

Byers said Alfonso Walker was, in fact, selling each room of Kelly's homes to the highest bidder.

"They wouldn't sell an individual item for a certain price, but say a bedroom for $6,000,” Byers said.

Byers said Walker is now on the run.

"One of the indications he made was that he was owed some money and this was his way of getting it back,” Walker said.

Gibson said the whole situation is surprising.

"I didn't even know who was living there to be honest,” Gibson said. “We didn't know there was anything inside there to steal.”

Police said walker was planning to turn himself here into police Tuesday but that didn't happen.

He's facing a number of charges, including burglary and theft by deception.

Channel 2 Action News reached out to a Kelly representative, but didn't hear back.

Police have already recovered some of the stolen items but ask anyone else who thought they were buying legitimate merchandise to return it immediately.