The organization is welcoming others to add to the reward monies. The coalition’s offer was prompted by five pedestrian robberies in the Buckhead area this year. Although no one suffered major physical harm, the series of events is distressing to surrounding neighborhoods.
“It is of paramount importance to the public safety of those who live, visit, work, and play in this community that such activity be vigilantly protected against,” coalition President Sam Massell said in a statement.
He thanked Atlanta Police Department Zone 2 Commander Maj. Van Hobbs for deploying strategic manpower methods throughout the neighborhoods to prevent further acts of this type and to ensure the safety of Buckhead.
Massell listed the five robberies:
o Jan. 4: Two people were robbed outside the Northside branch of the Atlanta-Fulton County Library System, on Northside Parkway.
o March 22: A woman was kidnapped at her home on Lenox Oaks Circle near Lenox Square mall.
o March 27: A gym owner shot during an early morning robbery on Howell Mill Road near Collier Road.
o March 28: A woman was carjacked by two suspects in front of her Northside Drive home.
o March 29: A man was kidnapped in his driveway on Karland Drive (between Roswell and Habersham roads) and forced to withdraw money from an automatic teller machine.
“One is too many but five [means it] is time to step forward,” Massell said of the reward in a phone interview.
To provide information on the robberies, call the Atlanta Police's Criminal Investigations Unit at (404) 816-7067.