Rockdale Sheriff's deputies arrest four in burglaries

CONYERS -- A Rockbridge Road resident walked in on a burglary of his house that eventually led to the arrest of his nephew and three other suspects.

Deputies with the Rockdale County Sheriff's Office arrived at the house 3:44 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 13 in the 2400 block of Rockbridge Road and met with the resident, who was standing next to a white Ford Ranger pick up truck.

The man told deputies four men attempted to break into his house while he was at home and they left the truck in his driveway.

According to incident report, the resident told deputies that he heard a loud banging on his front door that afternoon. When he entered the room he saw his nephew, Antonio D. Tutman, 18, of Conyers, with three other men.

Tutman and the three other men ran at the sight of the resident, who immediately called the Sheriff's Office.

RCSO Investigator Michael Camp said three of the four suspects were caught in minutes thanks to the resident's quick action.

"The homeowner gave good descriptions of the three suspects, and responding deputies swarmed the area," Camp said in an email. "The suspects were found in the Lake Capri subdivision, on foot, and were taken into custody without incident within a few minutes of the call going out."

Arrested with Tutman, Dwight Anthony Graham, 19, of Decatur, and Derek Lenard Thomas, 21, of Ellenwood. All were charged with burglary.

The resident said he suspected his nephew was involved when he received a text message from him asking where he was. The resident responded by text that he was at work. Fifteen minutes later, the break in occurred.

All three remained in the Rockdale County Jail, according to jail records.

In another incident, the Sheriff's Office arrested 19-year-old Decatur man on burglary charges for a break in that occurred Wednesday, Sept. 14, at a Pointers Way residence.

Deputies received a call of suspicious persons around a house in the 3800 block of Pointers Way off of Ebenezer Road. RCSO Sgt. Eric Levett responded to the neighborhood and spotted a black male walking around a house talking on a cell phone.

Levett said he stopped and got out of his patrol car to check the number on the mail box. The black male ran when he saw Levett, according to the report.

Levett stopped the man at the neighborhood's entrance on Ebenezer Road. The man, identified as Leevander Hemphill, 19, of Decatur, told Levett he was looking for his cousin. Asked how he got there, Leevander said he rode with a woman and three other people. He said the woman was looking for a house to purchase.

Other deputies arrived. Levett placed Hemphill in custody and returned to the house where he and another deputy found a broken window. The window was not broken enough for anyone to gain entry. Deputies also found a towel in the garage they suspected was used in the attempted break in.

RCSO deputies stopped a car near the Quail Run subdivision at about the same time with four occupants. The driver confirmed Hemphill rode with her to meet a cousin who lived here and she was house shopping, according to the report.

Hemphill was arrested and charged with burglary. He was remained in custody Monday in the Rockdale County Jail.