(Dacula, Georgia) Gwinnett County Police report that an alert officer was able to solve multiple burglaries after noticing a suspicious vehicle while on his way home from work on Nov. 29, 2019.
“Sgt. Bell was driving home from work when he noticed a pickup truck pull out of a subdivision that was still under construction (Melton Common Drive in Dacula) just after 5:00 a.m.” GGPD reported in a press release. “When Sgt. Bell saw the truck, he noticed that it had no license plate and that there were two large pillars protruding out of the back of the bed.”
Sgt. Bell reportedly pulled the vehicle over and quickly discovered that the two occupants of the vehicle, Kyle Fuller, 37, of Loganville and Karey Byrd, 41, also of Loganville had two different stories about where they had been that morning.
GCPD said both of the occupants of the vehicle were arrested and initially charged with Loitering and Prowling and Burglary 1st Drgree. The case was handed over to detectives, who searched the vehicle and allegedly found Fuller and Byrd had multiple items that had been taken from the property that morning as well as other items allegedly from two other burglaries in Gwinnett County. The other items were also tools and building material taken from properties off Sun Lake Drive and Wheeler Road in unincorporated Auburn. After the execution of the search warrant in their truck, the lead detective charged them with an additional three counts of Burglary 2nd Degree and one count of Burglary 1st Degree.
“This arrest is an excellent example of proactive police work. The police department hopes that the general public will also use this case as a reminder to call the police department if they see suspicious activities around one of the many construction sites in Gwinnett County,” Cpl. Collin Flynn, a public information officer with GCPD said in the press release.
GCPD is encouraging Fuller and Byrd to turn themselves in to the Gwinnett County Jail on the additional Burglary charges. (Editor’s Note: An arrest or charge does not constitute a conviction.)