Police link teen to rash of burglaries

LAWRENCEVILLE - A jailhouse interview with a teenager may have cracked the case of a string of burglaries in the Lawrenceville area.

Investigators expected to obtain eight arrest warrants Monday against Deone Terrell Mitchell, 17, Gwinnett Police Cpl. Illana Spellman said.

In jail on charges of felony statutory rape and misdemeanor obstruction of a law enforcement officer as well as a hold for an Illinois warrant, Mitchell was interviewed by detectives Friday. That day, investigators were able to present enough probable cause to acquire an arrest warrant on one burglary charge, Spellman wrote in a press release.

The nine burglary counts relate to a string of burglaries on Stoney Chase Drive, Ringtail Drive, Oakland Place Way and Oakland Grove Place.

In some of the incidents, which occurred between Oct. 10 and Oct. 15, a suspect cut through a window screen and a screen door to enter homes and once, a suspect threw a rock into a glass kitchen door, Spellman said. In some instances, residents were home at the time of the entry, but no one was harmed, she added.

Mitchell, who is being held in the Gwinnett County Detention Center, lives at 1868 Libby Lane, which is off of Oakland Road in the same area as the homes burglarized.

Police officers are still investigating the burglaries, and Spellman said there may be other suspects involved.