A Cartersville man has been charged in a series of burglaries in Sandy Springs following his arrest during an alleged botched burglary attempt in Douglasville.
Gabriel Stephen Neely, 36, faces three counts of burglary in connection with the October incidents.
Detectives are looking at additional burglaries in the area and perhaps the fact that Neely was working with another suspect during these break-ins, according to Sandy Springs Police Capt. Steve Rose. Neely allegedly used a pillow case to store the stolen items and is suspected of being the man in a victim’s home video—he allegedly walks around the house placing items in the pillow case.
Several items stolen from the residences were discovered by Douglasville detectives after Neely’s arrest on Oct. 9. Since that time, a number of other stolen items have been recovered from Neely’s possession and linked to the Sandy Springs burglaries.
Sgt. Todd Garner of Douglasville Police told WSB-TV they caught Neely breaking into a home, apparently in the same manner suspected by Sandy Springs police. Garner said Neely rang the doorbell and when no one answered, he went to the back of the home and created a hole in the siding.
Neely is housed in the Douglas County jail awaiting trial for burglary and related charges brought by Douglasville authorities. Afterwards, he will transfer to Sandy Springs custody and be lodged at the Fulton County Jail.