Victim chases burglary suspects from home
by Wes Mayer
Two burglary suspects were arrested Wednesday after one of their alleged victims beat up their getaway vehicle with a metal folding stand.
Around 9 a.m., investigators Jason Fetner and Sgt. John Kennedy with the Coweta County Sheriff’s Office responded to a burglary call at the 200-block of Victoria Lane, according to Lt. Col. James Yarbrough.
The homeowners told investigators they returned home after shopping to find the front door forced open and items stolen from inside. Along with jewelry and bottles of soda, the victims’ gun case had been broken into and 15 firearms were gone.
According to Yarbrough, while Fetner and Kennedy were at the scene, another burglary was reported at the 900-block of Earl North Road, seven miles away. At that home, the victim was apparently in the basement when two men broke in, and the victim confronted the men and chased them out of his home with a Coleman folding aluminum “hi-stand.” The investigators went to the second burglary believing there could be a connection.
The second victim gave investigators a description of the two men and their vehicle, according to Yarbrough. The victim also said he whacked their car a number of times with the hi-stand as they drove away.. Using the vehicle’s description, Fetner and Kennedy were able to trace the car to the Newnan Crossing apartments at 151 Parkway North, where they recognized it by dents and scratches.
The investigators located the vehicle owner’s apartment, and the door was answered by the girlfriend of one of the suspected burglars, Yarbrough said. She told investigators the two were hiding in her apartment. The suspects were identified as Christopher Reginald Sumlin, 23, and the woman’s boyfriend, Quadratus Ortez Parham, 24.
All stolen items and all 15 firearms from the Victoria Lane home were recovered.
Both men were charged with burglary in the first degree, and Sumlin, who Yarbrough said was arrested before, also was charged with violation of parole and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.