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Neighborhood Watch in Lilburn foils multiple crimes
Neighborhood Watch in Lilburn foils multiple crimes

Lilburn - According to Teresa Czyz of SafetySmart Lilburn, 3 recent crimes in Lilburn were foiled by resolute neighbors and a successful business and neighborhood watch.  Below is the letter that was sent to 11Alive detailing the 3 separate instances. 

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What does a volleyball net, a retired police dog named Zeus and two neighbors have in common?   In the Brandlwood neighborhood it all added up to the capture and arrest of two burglars by the Lilburn Police Department (LPD). 

On Tuesday, December 6, two men were spotted knocking on the front door of a neighbor’s home.   The first neighbor, Jackie Solano, knew her neighbors were not home and sensed something was not right.  So she called her husband to see what he thought.  He told her to immediately call the LPD, which she did.  By the time she went back, the two men were gone.   In the time she was on the phone, they had gone to the back of the house and broken down the back door.  They were carrying a television out the door when a Lilburn Police car pulled up.  They dropped the TV and took off, running through the neighborhood in order to escape.   And that’s when the second neighbor, Cathy Galfas, noticed the two men running toward her home.  She picked up the phone, called the LPD, and stayed on the line with the dispatcher while keeping an eye on the burglars.  As they ran through her back yard, they were met by an unkind volleyball net that flattened them and delayed their escape.  After picking themselves up from off the ground, they proceeded to run through another backyard and just as they were about to hurdle a fence, Zeus, a retired K-9 police dog, who happened to be on the other side of that fence, stopped them in their tracks.  They had no choice but to backtrack and that’s when the LPD cornered them and arrested them for breaking-and-entering and attempted burglary.

Gotcha 2!

On Sunday, December 4, two men who were at the Waffle House on Highway 29 called a taxi.  They asked the driver to take them to the Indian Lake subdivision located near the Lilburn Library.  As they arrived at their address, they proceeded to pull a gun on the driver and robbed him, taking his keys, cellphone and $400 in fares.   By the time the LPD arrived, the robbers had taken off into the woods.  A K-9 unit was brought in and tracked them, but lost the scent.  But thanks to descriptions provided by the driver and residents of the subdivision, the LPD was able to get enough details and arrested one of the men two days later.  The LPD is working on locating the other suspect.

Gotcha 3!

On Friday, December 9, a group of men tried passing counterfeit $20’s in one of the stores located in the Beaver Ruin Village Shopping Center.  The employee allowed the men to leave and then immediately called the Lilburn Police.  When the police car pulled up the men, having no idea that they were found out, acted casual as the police interrogated them.  They were not only arrested for passing counterfeit money but also for drugs that were found in their car.


SafetySmart Lilburn, Inc. and the Lilburn Police Department would like to thank the Brandlwood Neighborhood Watch and the Indian Lake Neighborhood Watch for their efforts to help fight crime.  And kudos to the Business Watch in the Beaver Ruin Village Shopping Center for being just as committed.   Your actions prove that Community Watches in Lilburn are working!