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Police ask for help identifying suspect in Buford Dam Road thefts

By Derreck Booth Anchor/reporter
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While they have identified one suspect, Gwinnett County Police has asked for the public's help identifying her accomplice in a series of thefts on Buford Dam Road.
 
Police Wednesday released a surveillance photo of Katie Nicole Johnson, aka Katie Pethel, and a man investigators are trying to identify.  The two are suspects in the thefts at L & M Storage.  The business is loacted between Stewart and Sycamore roads.
 
"During the thefts, a computer, DVR system, multiple tools and two motorcycles were stolen," a news release from Cpl. Michelle Pihera stated.
 
Police developed the lead in the case when an employee of the facility found a man and woman wandering on the property on February 21.  They ran away when confronted by the employee, according to police.
 
"They left behind a maroon Hyundai and a yellow bike. A detective responded to the scene and obtained a search warrant for the car," Pihera wrote.  "Based on evidence recovered, Katie Johnson was identified as the woman."
 
Police described the male suspect as 5' 8" to 5' 10" tall, 140 to 160 pounds with short hair and facial hair.
 
Johnson has active warrants for criminal trespass, burglary, entering auto, possession of a firearm and several drug charges.  
 
"We don't have a good address for her, so it's very likely that Katie doesn't even know that there are active warrants for her arrest," Pihera said.
 
 

Contact information to offer tips

 

  • Gwinnett County Police Department detectives at 770-513-5300.  
  • To remain anonymous, tipsters should contact Crime Stoppers at 404-577-TIPS (8477) or visit the website.
  • Text your tip to "Crimes" (274637). 

Crime Stoppers tipsters can receive up to $2,000 for information leading to an arrest and indictment in the case. Case Numbers: 17-016680, 17-017743, 17-020029 

Source:  Gwinnett County Police Department

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