Police officer stops Grinch from stealing Christmas
A Brookhaven neighborhood can thank Sgt. Charles McCoy, from the Brookhaven Police Department, for saving Christmas.
After Brookhaven officials announced on Dec. 7 that the city would be increasing police presence in the area’s neighborhoods because of the predicted increase in stolen packages during the holiday season, an off-duty McCoy arrested a porch pirate Dec. 15.
McCoy was off the clock and on his way home when he saw Isaiah Gresham running away from a front porch with a package in hand at approximately 7 p.m., according to the city.
McCoy then pulled Gresham over. The car driven by Gresham had a pile of open packages in his back seat. Additional officers were called in to conduct a neighborhood canvas to identify the owners of the merchandise inside the car driven by Gresham. Several victims were located told they could retrieve their property at the police department during regular business hours.
When questioned by officers, Gresham gave a full confession and was arrested and transported to the DeKalb County jail.
“Thanks to Sgt. McCoy’s awareness and quick action, along with the other officers who responded in support, we were able to get another criminal off the streets and prevent several Christmas holidays from being ruined by thieves,” said Brookhaven police chief Gary Yandura. “It’s also a reminder that everyone is vulnerable to thefts this time of year, so be alert, take precautions, and if you see something, say something.”
Gresham has been charged with theft by taking and receiving stolen property, loitering and prowling, and driving on a suspended license.