• Police seek thieves who stared directly into surveillance cameras

    By: Tom Jones


    COLLEGE PARK, Ga. - Police say a pair of bold suspects either didn't see or ignored several surveillance cameras when they walked into an insurance company and robbed it.

    As a result, College Park police were able to get clear images of the two men who walked into Direct Auto Insurance on Virginia Avenue and robbed it Wednesday before noon.
    "They can see themselves. All they got to do is look up," one detective said as he watched surveillance video of the robbers walking into the store, and their images flash on a television monitor just inside the door. There are more cameras in the facility.
    Police said the robbers casually strolled inside the business. "One of them brandished a gun," Major E.W. Strozier told Channel 2s Tom Jones. The surveillance system shows one of the men pulling out a gun, then jumping over a counter and robbing a manager of the business.
    As they left, "Both of the subjects, for some strange reason, looked into the camera. So we have real good pictures of them," Strozier said.      

    The robbers went from ignoring the cameras to looking into them.
    Officers said one of the men had on a black hooded sweatshirt with a red and white Levi's jeans logo on it. The other had a dark-colored hooded sweatshirt with a white Nike Air logo on it. That gunman also had on a San Antonio Spurs baseball cap. He has gold teeth and a tattoo on his neck.
    Police believe someone will recognize the robbers.

    "It's really important because, as usual, they escalate. So the next time they might shoot somebody,”
     Strozier said.
    Police believe the robbers are local. If you know who they are contact College Park police via their tip line at 404-762-8664 or contact Crimestoppers at 404-577-8477.

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