New mail theft charges have been added for two DeKalb County men who were arrested Tuesday after numerous 911 calls allowed authorities to track down the suspects in minutes.
Lamar English, 22 and Darein Rashad Hilliard, 27, both of Dekalb County were arrested and charged with theft by taking and possession of marijuana after a number of different witnesses allegedly observed them driving around stealing packages from mailboxes in north Forsyth, according to Cpl. Doug Rainwater, spokesman for the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office.
Rainwater said that they received four 911 calls that provided vital information about the suspects, including a vehicle description and a tag number. He said that within 6 minutes of the calls, patrol cars flooded the north Forsyth area and boxed in the suspects on Bethelview Road just north of Atlanta Highway, where the two were taken into custody.
He added that upon searching the suspect’s vehicle and their clothing, deputies allegedly found a large amount of stolen mail and packages, a handgun and marijuana.
Both English and Hilliard have been charged with four counts of misdemeanor theft by taking and one count of possession of marijuana.
Rainwater explained that for the suspects to be charged with felony mail theft, the items stolen would have to exceed $500. He said that they could potentially be charged with mail tampering by the U.S. Postal Service, but noted that was unlikely.
He said that more charges for the two men are pending, as more alleged victims have come forward.
Both men were released from custody Tuesday evening on bonds of $5,795.