Apartment burglar caught on cellphone camera

NORCROSS -- Gwinnett County police have released new photos -- cleverly captured by cellphone -- in hopes of helping track down a would-be apartment burglar.

Police spokesman Cpl. Jake Smith said officers responded to a burglary at the Conservatory Apartments on Peachtree Corners Circle in Norcross after a witness reported seeing a man trying to break into her neighbor's apartment with a crowbar. The white male using the crowbar and the black male acting as a lookout both fled when a car approached, Smith said.

When an employee of the leasing office, however, went to inspect the apartment door, he discovered the suspects had returned and gained entry into the unit.

"(The employee) used his cellphone to record the white male suspect and gave good descriptions of both," Smith said.

"When the suspect realized he was being recorded he fled through the apartment and was not seen again," he added. "Nothing was actually taken from the apartment."

The white male suspect -- who matches the description of the alleged perp in at least one other burglary, Smith said -- is described as in his early 20s, approximately 5-foot-6 and 160 pounds, with a "light beard" and brown hair.

The black male suspect is described as about 6 feet tall with a medium build, pock marks on his face and "short dreadlocks or twists."

Anyone with information is asked to contact burglary unit detectives at 770-513-5300.