Now in custody:1 suspect, 2 nights and 37 vehicle break-ins later

Person of interest in break-ins. Photo/Fayette County Sheriff’s Department.

Update: July 31, 7:45 p.m.- The Fayette County Sheriff’s Office on July 31 arrested 22-year-old Randen Morris, of Atlanta, charging him with 31 felony counts of entering auto.

Sheriff Barry Babb said investigators used surveillance footage and other evidence collected to identify Morris and connect these incidents.

Members of the U.S. Marshals South Eastern Regional Fugitive Task Force located Morris in the Bankhead neighborhood of Atlanta and took him into custody, Babb said,

“This quick arrest would have not occurred without our partnership with the U.S. Marshals Office and their continued hard work for us all in the metro area,” said Babb.

Original story: The Fayette County Sheriff’s Office is actively searching for a man who is believed to be responsible for the break-ins of 37 vehicles in two north Fayette County subdivisions in late July.

The crimes happened July 20 and again on July 22-23, said Babb.

Babb said approximately 22 vehicles were entered on July 20 while parked at residences in the Shenandoah Estates subdivision off Old Ga. Highway 138.

“The majority of the vehicles appear to have been unlocked and small items of value were removed,” Babb said. “The items included loose change, shoes, ammunition and electronics.”

The man during July 22-23 entered another 15 vehicles in the Newton Plantation subdivision off Ga. Highway 314, Babb said, adding that some of the vehicles were unlocked while others had been secured. The suspect used a tool to gain entry to the vehicles that were locked, said Babb.

The man’s method of operation in the second series of entries was the same as before, Babb noted.

In total, investigators have 33 warrants in their possession, said Babb.

Babb reminded residents to lock their vehicles and keep valuables out of sight.

Anyone who recognizes the male in the photo is asked to contact the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office at 770-461-6353.

MajorMike's picture
Joined: 10/20/2005
Note to Mr. Randen Morris

Please make note that you are now incarcerated by the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office in the Griffin Judicial circuit. It may come as a somewhat unpleasant surprise to you but Fayette County does not have a "revolving door" Court system like some of Fayette's neighboring counties have. Since you were identified with the aid of surveillance footage, the odds are you have a mug shot on file listing your prior arrest(s). Welcome to the real world ... whats left of it anyway. You're about to make some new friends!

turtlejack's picture
Joined: 10/19/2005
Fayette County Sheriff Dept - The Best

Week after week we read about thugs that have been arrested and taken off the streets due to the great work of the Fayette County Sheriff's Dept. If it's networking with neighboring counties or the local cities and towns in Fayette County, the Sheriff's Dept. is on the job helping to keep Fayette County safe. County residents owe these guys and ladies a big 'thank you' for their hard work and dedication.

tikigod's picture
Joined: 04/19/2006
Great job!

A big thank you to the sheriff's dept for staying on cases like this! This is the difference between Fayette and all the other surrounding counties. Thanks to the U.S. Marshal's office as well.

I would love to see how this played out on a timeline. I'm wondering if the license plate readers played any part in this?

fayette77's picture
Joined: 10/01/2008
Ditto on appreciation

I want to second everyone's appreciation for the Fayette County Sheriff's office. While we see crime increasing all around us (not just FC), we also see our local enforcement catching the scum in question. Also a shout out to the folks at The Citizen. Many times, the 'news' likes to report the glamour stories of the crime, but not the bust of the perp. Nothing puts a happy ending on a crime story than when the perp gets busted (with the exception of a public execution).

PTC Observer
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Joined: 04/23/2007
Urban Crime - Newton Plantation

Lock your doors and watch out for your neighbors' "stuff".

I know there's a lot of foreclosures in the area so those left that are actually occupying homes and paying their bills, need to stick together.

Great job by law enforcement on this, Sheriff Babb gets my vote again.

Spyglass's picture
Joined: 01/28/2008
Cool necklace Bro!

Did you steal it?

Davids mom
Davids mom's picture
Joined: 10/30/2005
Outstanding cooperation

among our law enforcement. Thank you!

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