Uber driver accused of peeping, burglarizing sorority girls' homes

Published: Friday, October 06, 2017 @ 12:06 PM

Patrick McElroy
Police handout
Patrick McElroy(Police handout)

An Uber driver is accused of targeting University of Georgia students for peeping and burglary. 

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Police said a man broke into a house where sorority members live and stole thousands of dollars’ worth of property. 

Patrick McElroy, 30, was arrested and charged with counts related to breaking into the house. 

WSB-TV reporter Tom Regan spoke to one of the victims, who said she nearly caught the suspect red-handed.

"He came through this direction and he had a camera on his side right here," said Samantha Folk.

Folk showed Regan how McElroy was captured on video, peering through the rear windows of the home she shares with other sorority sisters.

"We hear shuffling down the stairs, went down to find out our roommate Alexis' window was wide open, Everything had been taken, anything he could fit into a pillow case, back pack. It was quite scary," Folk explained. 

After arresting McElroy on a peeping charge Friday, authorities soon connected him to the house burglary and then went to his home.

"Our detectives went and got a search warrant for the residence, and were able to recover some of the stolen items from the original burglary," said Epiphanio Rodriguez with Athens-Clark County police.

But the students told Regan what really creep them out, McElroy had picked some of them up for an Uber ride. They suspect he was probing for information on what they were doing to carry out his crimes.

"I'm not sure exactly what his intentions were through Uber, but I do believe he used it as a tool to get what he wanted," Folk said.

Thief breaks into home, only steals family dog

Published: Sunday, December 17, 2017 @ 11:37 PM

Maxi was the only thing missing after a thief broke into a family's home. (Photo: Boston25News.com)
Maxi was the only thing missing after a thief broke into a family's home. (Photo: Boston25News.com)

A Newton family says their home was broken into on Friday, but the most bizarre part of the theft is that the burglar only took one thing from the house -- the family's dog.

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The situation has the family wondering who would've done something like this, and what their motivations may have been. They are now offering a large reward for whomever can bring their beloved dog back home.

"My kids are having a hard time, and it's Christmas, it's around Christmas. I don't understand why would anyone do this," said Vanessa Kelly. "This dog is not just a dog, he's part of our family. He's like a child. He's my child."

Home is not the same for this family now that their 1-year-old, 10-pound Havanese dog is missing.

Vanessa Kelly and Andres Zuneiga say they discovered their dog Maxi was gone when they came home on Friday and he didn't come to the door. 

Their other dogs, they say, looked shaken up -- one was acting shy and vomiting --when they discovered footprints in the back yard and a screen door that had been tampered with.

They believe the thieves came in through the back and went out the front. Neighbors told them they saw two young men chasing the dog down the block and a suspicious car nearby.

"I don't feel safe in my own house. I mean they came in and stole our little dog. It's unbelievable," Zuneiga said. 

The couple says they don't know why someone would've targeted them, but they find it suspicious that the thieves took nothing but the dog.

The family says that, regardless of why someone would want to take their dog, they just want their family member back, and they're willing to pay.

"We are holding onto hope, we're offering a high reward. If this was a joke, it's fine. We understand. We won't present charges. Just bring our dog back and let's move on," Kelly and Zuneiga said.

Newton Police are aware of the theft and are investigating this puzzling incident.

Florida man offers $10,000 reward for return of pet monkey

Published: Sunday, December 17, 2017 @ 11:14 PM

A caphuchin monkey. (Photo: Kenneth Hong/Flickr/Creative Commons) https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nd/2.0/
A caphuchin monkey. (Photo: Kenneth Hong/Flickr/Creative Commons) https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nd/2.0/

A Broward County family is offering a $10,000 reward for the return of their 3-month-old capuchin monkey stolen from their home.

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Carl Minix said someone broke into his house through a bedroom window while he and his wife were out to dinner, and took their exotic pet named Henry but nothing else, WSVN in Miami reported. 

Minix said he spent about $9,000 on Henry, including the time and expense of getting a state permit. "I worked a long time to be able to get him," he said.
But it's about more than money to Minix.

"That’s my child," he said. 

Minix hired investigator Jamie Katz to help in the search.

"Just give him up. There's no questions asked," Katz said. "They’re will be no charges, no anything. We just want Henry back."

'I think 'The Walking Dead' started like this’: Twitter reacts to Atlanta airport shutdown

Published: Sunday, December 17, 2017 @ 8:51 PM

Passengers wait for the lights to come back on at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport Sunday, December 17, 2017. The Airport is reporting a loss of electricity. The FlightAware site reports the airport is currently holding all. (Photos: Steve Schaefer/The Atlanta Journal-Constitution)
Passengers wait for the lights to come back on at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport Sunday, December 17, 2017. The Airport is reporting a loss of electricity. The FlightAware site reports the airport is currently holding all. (Photos: Steve Schaefer/The Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

A power outage was reported at Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport around 1 p.m. Sunday.

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Reports from the scene describe a swirling mass of people trying to get cellphone signals in a darkened airport.

Online, people began posting photos and video they said were taken at the scene.

Other people reacted with a skepticism of Atlanta infrastructure, especially this year.

And of course, there were jokes.

For more information, check out the rest of the AJC’s coverage of the power loss.

Father sentenced to 6 months in jail after beating infant 

Published: Sunday, December 17, 2017 @ 5:20 PM

Richard A. Root. (Photo: Winnebago County Jail)
Richard A. Root. (Photo: Winnebago County Jail)

A man who broke more than 20 bones in his infant daughter was sentenced to jail on Friday.

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Richard A. Root, 21, beat his 2-month-old daughter in March because he said he was stressed and had not gotten enough sleep, according to The OshKosh Northwestern.

Root shook the 2-month-old and knelt on her legs while changing her diaper, according to court records. She suffered multiple broken bones, injuries to her face and brain bleeds, doctors said. 

She was taken to the hospital where she was treated and released to a family member, according to the Northwestern.

Root was sentenced to six months in jail and seven years of probation for child neglect resulting in great bodily harm. He is also supposed to undergo counseling.