Man Walked Into Marlay This Morning; Allegedly Took From Register


From Decatur PD…

On Monday, November 7, 2016 at approximately 10:42 am, Decatur Police responded to The Marlay in the 400 block of West Ponce de Leon Avenue in reference to theft of money from a cash register.  The complainant reported the business was not yet open but the door was unlocked for deliveries and for employees to enter.  The area where the cash register was located was unoccupied for a brief period and an employee noticed an unknown man behind the counter and called out to him and the unknown man left the business on foot traveling  eastbound on West Ponce de Leon Avenue. It was then discovered that $290.00 was missing from the register and surveillance video confirmed the unknown man seen by an employee took the money from the register.  The suspect was described as a black male, 30’s-40’s, approximately 5’8, medium build but with a noticeable belly, medium complexion, with a mustache and full beard, wearing a black skull cap, black zip-up hooded jacket, light green shirt and blue/black/gray camouflage pants.

Marlay House owner Darren Comer also wrote in and sent a photo/video of the suspect entering the Marlay…

This fine gentleman decided to come into the Marlay around 10.40am today – the time change is not updated on the video.  The Front door was open (for a delivery) and the front area was unoccupied as the Front of House crew was in the back prepping for the day.  We normally lock it until open but failed on this occasion.
He took the opportunity to come behind the bar and raid the Bartender till of cash.  Our Chef came out, found him and chased him away.  It all happened in about 60 seconds or less.
Decatur PD were right on it but he was long gone when they came.  Our videos have all the internal detail of the act so there is no question of any false accusations here.  Police have the files also.
The video shows that he came from the Farm Burger / Chai Pani lot and had likely been scoping them out for a similar opportunity.
No harm to remind all of us these types of thieves are out there and to keep a keen eye out, doors locked.

Photo and video courtesy of Marlay security camera

Chart: Decatur Annual Crime Trend 1996-2015


After our 2016 Crime stats post a couple of days back, Matt was good enough to update the Decatur crime bar chart that he created for us back in 2013.

Thanks Matt!

Decatur Police To Host Pop-Up “Trunk or Treat” Stops Around Decatur This Halloween


How cool is this?

In addition to patrolling our neighborhoods on Halloween night per usual, Decatur Police will be getting into the Trick-or-Treating game at various locations this year too.  Here are the details from Decatur Police Lt. Jennifer Ross…

Decatur Police officers will be conducting pop-up trunk or treat stops at the following locations and times.  Stop by to say hello to officers and pick up more treats!

Officers will be at the following locations at 7:00pm:

  • In front of Oakhurst Elementary
  • Maxwell Street and 3rd Avenue
  • In front of Winnona Park Elementary
  • South McDonough Street and West Hill Street
  • Glendale Avenue at Mt. Vernon Drive
  • Electric Avenue at Robin Street
  • Adair Street at Hibernia Avenue
  • Kathryn Avenue at Chelsea Drive

Officers will be at the following locations at 7:30pm:

  • Ansley Street at Adams Street
  • In front of FAVE on 5th Avenue
  • Kirk Road at Oldfield Road
  • Garland Avenue at Brower Street
  • In front of The Church at Decatur Heights on Sycamore Drive
  • In front of Clairemont Elementary
  • Clarion Avenue at Nelson Ferry Road
  • Superior Avenue at Willow Lane

Also here again are your annual Trick or Treating Safety tips from DPD…

Trick or Treat Safety Tips

  • Costumes and candy bags should be bright or reflective so children can be seen. Carrying a flashlight and putting reflective tape on costumes is another option.
  • Masks, costumes and shoes should be well-fitting to avoid blocked vision, trips and falls.
  • Children should stay on sidewalks, look both ways before crossing streets and use established crosswalks wherever possible.
  • Props like swords, knives and other objects should be made of soft or flexible material.
  • Only visit homes with a front porch light on; and kids should only enter homes if they’re with a trusted adult. Otherwise, Trick-or-Treaters should stay outside.

Reminder to Drivers

  • Slow down and be especially alert in residential neighborhoods. Children are excited on Halloween and may move in unpredictable ways.
  • Take extra time to look for kids at intersections, on medians and on curbs.
  • Enter and exit driveways and alleys slowly and carefully.
  • Eliminate any distractions inside your car so you can concentrate on the road and your surroundings.
  • Drive slowly, anticipate heavy pedestrian traffic and turn your headlights on earlier in the day to spot and be spotted from greater distances.
  • Popular trick or treating hours are 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. so be especially alert for kids during those hours

Photo along Adair Street courtesy of DM 


Decatur Police Ask For Help Identifying Robbery Suspect


Decatur Police sent out this alert:

Decatur Police are attempting to identify the suspect in the attached photos regarding a robbery that occurred on Tuesday, October 25, 2016.  The suspect snatched the victim’s keys from the table she was sitting at and subsequently stole her vehicle from the parking lot.  If you recognize the suspect or have any information about this incident please contact Inv. Zachery at [email protected] or 404/373-6551 or contact Crime Stoppers Atlanta at 404/577-TIPS (8477) or text a tip to “CRIMES” (274637).

Synopsis of Incident:

On Tuesday, October 25, 2016 at approximately 2:29 pm, Decatur Police responded to a vehicle theft that just occurred in the 700 block of West College Avenue.  One suspect snatched the keys to the victim’s vehicle off of a table she was sitting at inside of The Imperial restaurant.  Witnesses chased the suspect to the rear of the restaurant and suspect #1 tried to pass off the stolen keys to a second suspect who was waiting outside.  The key exchange did not happen because the witnesses were attempting to intervene.  The witnesses kept suspect #1 from entering the driver’s side of the vehicle so he ran around to the passenger side.  Suspect #2 could not get into the vehicle before suspect #1 was able to get it started and flee.  Suspect #2 fled on foot and the witnesses pursued him to the 900 block of West College Avenue and held him until police arrived.   The stolen vehicle is a 2016 dark gray Toyota Camry with a temporary tag.  Suspect #2 provided a false name and date of birth to police but was later identified as 22-year-old Royland Burdett.  Burdett was charged with criminal attempt to commit theft of a motor vehicle and giving false information to a law enforcement officer.

2016 Decatur Crime Stats: Property Crime Down; Robberies Up


The latest Decatur crime stats through September, provided by the Decatur Police Department, show that crime overall is down vs. last year, though there has been an increase in certain crimes against people so far this year.

So far in 2016, total crimes committed in the city have been lower each month vs. the same month in 2015.  This is due mainly to declines in larceny, burglaries, and motor vehicle thefts.  Other crimes are basically inline with last year’s level, with the large exception of the murder of Gerald Wilson at the Allen Wilson Apartments in July (there were no homicides in Decatur in 2015) and an increase in robberies.  There have already been more robberies in 2016 than in all of 2015.

Though news and word-of-mouth reports of crime in Decatur are probably more prevalent in the present day than ever, a more macro look shows that Decatur’s overall crime rate remains around some its lowest levels in the past 20 years.  However, crime levels have seemed to have crept up a bit from the low of 691 total crimes in 2011.  (You can check out an Annual Crime Stats bar chart 1996-2013 HERE.)

Permanent Drug Drop-Box Installed at Decatur Police Department


From Decatur Police Lt. Jennifer Ross…

Through our partnership with DPI (Decatur Prevention Initiative) and the support of Mayor Patti Garrett, the Decatur Police Department has obtained a permanent drug drop-box through a grant made possible by CVS/pharmacy and Partnership for Drug-Free Kids.

The drug drop-box has been installed in the front lobby of the police department, located at 420 West Trinity Place, Decatur, GA 30030, to the right of the “Police” window in front of the elevator. You can now stop by at any time and drop expired, unused and unwanted medications into the drop box at your convenience.

Please do NOT drop needles or liquid medications into the drop-box.

For more information about the disposal of prescription drugs go to

Decatur Police Host Drug Take-Back Day This Saturday


From Decatur Police Lt. Jennifer Ross…

The Decatur Police Department will be participating in the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day this Saturday, October 22, 2016 from 10am-2pm.  Officers will be in front of the police department on West Trinity Place so you can easily drive up and drop off.

Drug Take-Back programs give community members the opportunity to rid their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked. (The DEA cannot accept liquids, needles or sharps, only pills or patches.)

This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue.  Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to theft, diversion, misuse, and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs.  Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. In addition, Americans are now advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines, flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash, both pose potential safety and health hazards.

This past April, Americans turned in 447 tons (over 893,000 pounds) of prescription drugs at almost 5,400 sites operated by the DEA and more than 4,200 of its state and local law enforcement partners.  Overall, in its 11 previous Take Back events, DEA and its partners have taken in over 6.4 million pounds—about 3,200 tons—of pills.

For more information about the disposal of prescription drugs or about the October 22nd Take-Back Day event, go to the