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Police: Uptick in burglaries leads to more arrests

LAWRENCEVILLE - In response to a recent increase in burglaries, Gwinnett police said they have made more than 60 arrests since January.

Gwinnett police spokesman Cpl. David Schiralli said officers in the Southside Precinct taking a proactive approach are to credit for many of the arrests. Evidence of this, he said, is shown by the fact that 17 arrests were burglaries in progress. As another preventive measure, road check points, have netted four arrests, allowing officers to return stolen items before owners knew they were gone.

Police said more residents are getting involved, as well, calling 911 when they see something suspicious. The detailed descriptions they are often able to give police are vital in identifying suspects and their vehicles, police said, and making immediate arrests.

Gwinnett Police Chief Charles Walters said investigators, through these arrests, have been able to solve other crimes and return stolen property to its rightful owners.

"This collected effort proves that a partnership between the citizens and the police department can help reduce crime in the community," Walters said. "Without their help, many of these crimes might have gone unsolved."