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Suspects back SUV into Buckhead CVS

Suspects back SUV into Buckhead CVS

ATLANTA -- Atlanta police have released video footage of the would-be smash and grab burglars who backed an SUV into an Atlanta pharmacy Wednesday morning.

The attempted burglary happened at around 4 a.m. at the CVS on Peachtree Road near Phipps Plaza.

The video shows a Honda SUV crashing through the store's doors. The suspects get out of the car and run away without taking anything.

Investigators believe the two men were trying to steal an ATM.

The SUV was found at the scene. Police are working to determine if it was reported stolen.

The same suspects were captured on surveillance video at the CVS on
Cheshire Bridge Road. Atlanta Police Sgt. Greg Lyon said the men
tampered with an ATM inside that store, but did not take anything.

Both suspects are still at large.

Consultant pleads guilty in APS kickback scheme

Consultant pleads guilty in APS kickback scheme

ATLANTA -- A Kennesaw man has pleaded guilty to being part of a kickback scheme involving Atlanta Public Schools.

Mahendra Patel admitted in federal court that he conspired with APS chief information officer Jerome Oberlton to benefit from a certain firm receiving a $780,000 computer project from the school district.

"Patel subverted the fairness of the contracting process for his own benefit and ultimately undermined the trust taxpayers place in APS to provide high-quality educational services," U.S. Attorney Sally Quillian Yates said in a statement.

Oberlton pleaded not guilty in federal court in June. His trial date has not yet been set.

Ex-APS official faces kickback charges

Ex-APS official faces kickback charges

ATLANTA (AP) - A former chief information officer for Atlanta's school system accused of accepting bribes in exchange for his influence in awarding a technology contract has pleaded not guilty.

Jerome Oberlton entered his plea in federal court in Atlanta Tuesday. A federal grand jury handed down a seven-count indictment last week naming Oberlton and another man, Mahendra Patel, in the bribery scheme. Patel also pleaded not guilty.

The indictment says the two accepted $60,000 in kickbacks from an information technology company that won a contract worth more than $700,000 from the school district.

Oberlton served as chief information officer for Atlanta schools from 2004 to 2007. Oberlton joined the Dallas school district in January and was working as chief of staff. He resigned last week after informing the superintendent of the investigation.

Cheshire Bridge Chevron robbed

Cheshire Bridge Chevron robbed

ATLANTA -- A man armed with a stun gun robbed an Atlanta convenience store Monday morning.

Atlanta Police said the suspect hit the Chevron at the corner of Cheshire Bridge Road and Lindbergh Drive at around 4:20 a.m.

Witnesses said the suspect wore a black jumpsuit and wig. He threatened the store's clerk with a stun gun, but did not use it.

The suspect got away with cigarettes and cash, police said. He has not been identified.

Atlanta Police solve 5 'Maintenance Man' rape cases

Atlanta Police solve 5 'Maintenance Man' rape cases

ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Police Cold Case Squad has charged one man with five rapes that took place in 1986 and 1987.

Daniel Wade, 61, was indicted on May 10.  Investigators believe he could have committed as many as 29 rapes in DeKalb, Fulton and Gwinnett counties nearly 30 years ago.

The assaults became known as the Maintenance Man rapes, as they all occurred in apartments. Police said Wade would gain entry to some of his victim's apartments by posing as a repair man. They don't think he worked for any of the apartment complexes.

Wade became a suspect when his DNA was placed into a national index system and was matched to the five rapes, Atlanta Police said. He is currently in federal prison in Kentucky on unrelated robbery charges.

According to the Federal Bureau of Prisons, Wade was convicted of racketeering and isn't expected to be released until March 2021. He started serving the federal sentence in 2004.

Police release sketches in Buckhead robberies

Police release sketches in Buckhead robberies

ATLANTA -- As the Final Four Weekend gears up with thousands here for the games, violent crime in Buckhead has become part of the conversation.

The recent string of three kidnappings and robberies is troubling and Atlanta Police believe the number of suspects could range from two to six.

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On Thursday afternoon, police released a picture, sketch and video of those they believe are responsible for this spike in violent crime.

Atlanta Police are asking for help and say they have a break in this case that may pay dividends, as they are working with the FBI's gang unit.

Man carjacked outside Buckhead home

Man carjacked outside Buckhead home

ATLANTA -- A Buckhead man was carjacked outside his home at around 2 a.m. Friday.

Atlanta Police Capt. Tim Peek said the victim was in the driveway of his house on Karland Drive NW when two men approached and forced him into his Mercedes.

The suspects drove the victim around Atlanta and made him withdraw money from an ATM. After about 45 minutes of driving, they dropped the victim off on Lee Street SW in southwest Atlanta, where he called 911, Peek said.

Police have found the man's Mercedes, but the suspects are still at large. The victim described his carjackers as two black men.

Peek said the victim was not injured.