CONYERS — Two men who were arrested earlier this month by Newton County authorities after being caught while attempting to commit a burglary have been tied, along with a third suspect, to at least five burglaries and attempted burglaries in Rockdale County.
According to the Rockdale County Sheriff’s Office, Diante Clepohas Reynolds, 20, of 1396 Fall River Drive, Conyers; Randy Sandrik Vance Brown, 20, of 1220 Bracknell Court, Conyers; and Robert Andrew Rankins, 18, of 13184 Greywolf Lane, Covington, face charges in connection with the incidents that occurred between Dec. 23 and Feb. 5.
Reynolds is listed as a suspect in all five incidents in Rockdale County. He and Rankins allegedly were involved in a burglary Jan. 2 on Blackberry Lane, where a 32-inch TV, a laptop computer and several items of jewelry were stolen.
The two are also suspected in two break-ins in which nothing was taken. In one incident on Jan. 2, a Hillside Place resident reported that he returned home and could see through the glass in his front door that his back door had been kicked in. The man told the RCSO that he called 911; dispatch received an alarm call from the same address at about the same time. A neighbor said he had seen two suspects run from behind the house, get into a white Chevrolet Cobalt and drive away. Nothing was reported missing from the house.
On Feb. 5, Reynolds and Rankins allegedly broke into a house on Cainwood Court while a woman was at home. One of the suspects allegedly kicked in the back door of the house and the woman said she screamed when the suspect stepped into her house. The two suspects ran and drove away in a silver Honda Civic.
Reynolds and Brown are suspected in two other incidents. Between Dec. 23 and 27, a resident on Jimson Circle reported that she and her husband had been out of town and returned to find their back door kicked in. Drawers in the master bedroom were pulled out, but nothing appeared to be missing.
On Feb. 1, someone broke into a house on Mantle Place and took a Sig Sauer pistol and several pieces of jewelry. A neighbor told the RCSO that he had seen a white Chevrolet parked in front of the victim’s house and two black men coming from inside the home.
Reynolds has been charged in Rockdale County with four counts of burglary and two counts of criminal trespass. Brown faces three counts of burglary, and Rankins is charged with one count of burglary and two counts of criminal trespass.
The two were apprehended Feb. 6 after an Oak Hill Drive resident in Newton County reported a burglar alarm sounding. When deputies investigated, they discovered the back door of 180 Oak Hill Drive standing open and determined that one Xbox 360 and two controllers were stolen, along with three Xbox 360 games. A few minutes later, they received a call about a suspicious car nearby and the caller said two black men had gone to the rear of her house and tried to enter through her storm door.
“The complainant described the men as one being a tall, light-skinned black male and the other as a short, dark-skinned black male,” said Newton County Sheriff’s Office Public Information Officer Cortney Morrison, adding that when deputies ran the identities of the two men through their in-car computer system, they were able to get photos of them.
The caller was able to identify the two from the photos and they were arrested. In searching the vehicle, deputies discovered the Xbox 360, the two controllers and three Xbox 360 games, which were determined to have been taken in the Oak Hill Drive burglary minutes earlier. Deputies also located a gun.
Reynolds faces charges in Newton County of burglary, criminal attempt to commit burglary, theft by receiving stolen property, criminal trespass and furnishing a weapon to persons under 21. Rankins was charged with burglary, criminal attempt to commit burglary and criminal trespass.
According to NCSO investigator Tyrone Oliver, the two have been further linked to recent burglaries in both the county and Covington that are under investigation.