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Columbus Police Break Up Burglary Ring

COLUMBUS, GA (WXTX) -  Columbus Police have arrested a group of teenagers who they say are responsible for a rash of recent burglaries at area homes.

Five local juveniles are already under arrest and officials are looking for 18-year-old Marquis Brooks, also from Columbus.

All six face burglary charges, relating to 25 incidents in Columbus. Authorities say they also stole a car in the crime spree.

Police tell us the string of crimes started back in June and say the suspects used tactics that are becoming more common.

"These individuals would go into a neighborhood and knock on doors or ring doorbells and when someone came to the door, they would ask do you want your grass cut or your hedges trimmed. When they stated no, they'd turn around and leave. In other instances when no one was home, oftentimes a back door would be kicked in and flat screen TVs, guns and jewelry would be taken," explained Lieutenant Gil Slouchick with the Columbus Police Department.

Residents told police the suspects did not have lawnmowers and were not dressed to cut grass.

On the north end of town, homes in the Bridlewood and Heritage Place subdivisions were hit as were residences on the east side of the city from Buxton Drive to Moye Road.

Police say the group even burglarized some apartments in The Lakes apartments on Warm Springs Road.

Anyone confronted with such a situation is advised to call police.

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