A 17-year-old was arrested at a Cobb County amusement center with a stolen gun after being wanted for months in connection with a Buckhead theft, authorities said.
An off-duty Atlanta police detective is being credited with the crucial tip that allowed police to take him into custody over the weekend, Channel 2 Action News reported.
Adonte Jamal Thomas of Hampton was arrested Sunday after the off-duty officer noticed the wanted teenager’s posts on Snapchat, showing him with friends at Main Event Atlanta, Channel 2 reported.
When Cobb police arrived at the entertainment venue at 3101 Cobb Parkway to arrest Thomas on outstanding warrants out of Atlanta, officers said they found him with a stolen gun and drugs.
Thomas is a documented gang member, police told Channel 2. He’s allegedly been tied to a vehicle break-in and theft over the summer in Buckhead. In that July 10 incident, a group of teens used a crowbar to break into a parked Jeep Grand Cherokee, according to an Atlanta police incident report obtained by AJC.com.
Surveillance video obtained by the news station shows a thief smashing the vehicle’s window before jumping inside to grab whatever he could. The victim, Ross Piper, told Channel 2 at the time that the group got away with his work bag, which contained several electronic devices.
“They did a good job scoping what they wanted to see,” he said. “There was an iPad, some ear pods and a little wireless speaker.”
Police said Thomas is one of the suspects seen casing the vehicle before the incident.
Thomas was booked into the Cobb jail on five charges, including three felonies, jail records show. Those felonies include counts of theft by receiving, possession of a schedule II controlled substance and a firearm possession charge.
He was denied bond since he has a hold out of Fulton County for the outstanding charges stemming from the Buckhead crime, police said.
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