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CONYERS — A vehicle involved in a chase and crash in DeKalb County last Friday had been stolen the day before during a home invasion in Rockdale County. Four suspects being chased by DeKalb Police and two occupants of another car they hit were all taken to area hospitals. Their injuries are not known at this time.

According to a news release from the Rockdale County Sheriff’s Office, deputies were dispatched on Jan. 9 to a home on Karen Ridge SW in Conyers in reference to a home invasion.

When they arrived, the victims said four black males walked into the open garage of the home, entered the residence and held the homeowners at gunpoint. After robbing them of several electronic devices and cash, the suspects fled by stealing one of the victims’ vehicles, a silver 2020 Toyota Corolla.

A BOLO was sent out to surrounding law enforcement agencies and on the morning of Jan. 10, DeKalb Police officers spotted the Toyota with four suspects inside in the area of Wellborn and Marbut roads in western DeKalb County and gave chase. The chase ended a short distance away when the suspects crashed head-on into a Volvo SUV on Giles Road.

A DeKalb Police report identifies the four suspects in the stolen Corolla as the driver, Romell Belton, 19, and passengers Jeremy Richardson, 17, Jaheim Robinson, 18, and a 14-year-old female.

Richardson was found to allegedly possess a Taurus 9mm handgun that was determined to have been stolen. A second stolen handgun was also found in the vehicle.

Belton has been charged with theft by receiving stolen property, felling or attempting to elude a police officer, and driving on the wrong side of the roadway.

None of the four have yet been identified as suspects in the home invasion.

Rockdale County investigators were able to identify Brandon Moxley as one of the suspects in the home invasion. Moxley is currently wanted for home invasion and theft by taking of a motor vehicle.

Anyone with information regarding the home invasion is asked to contact Investigator John Fort at 770-278-8170.

Senior Reporter

Born and raised in Decatur, Ga. Graduated from Shorter College in Rome, Ga. in 1979 with B.A. in Communications. Worked in community newspapers for 26 years. Started at Rockdale Citizen/Newton Citizen in January 2016.

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