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Theft suspect caught
Authorities: Don’t come here and 'do a burglary'
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Authorities talk to the arrested burglary suspect, seated in the back of a patrol car. - photo by Jim Dean
A burglary suspect’s run from authorities was cut short Tuesday after he crashed in a neighborhood south of Cumming.

Peter Perro, 39, of Covington was arrested by the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office and charged with burglary.

Perro is being held at the Forsyth County Detention Center, where a jail spokeswoman said his bond has been set at $11,110.

Authorities said additional charges, including fleeing or attempting to elude an officer, could be brought against Perro in connection with the incident.

He is also wanted in DeKalb County on other charges, authorities said.

Perro was caught about 11:15 a.m. behind a townhouse on Constitution Way in Liberty subdivision on Hwy. 9.

The incident began after Perro allegedly robbed a house on Castleberry Road and fled in a white Chevrolet Impala that he had rented.

Sheriff’s Major Dan Jagoe said he spotted the vehicle on Hutchinson Road and turned around to pursue it.

“He just hit the accelerator,” Jagoe said of the suspect.

He said Perro turned onto Hwy. 9 and headed south at speeds exceeding 75 mph. The Impala then turned into the neighborhood, crashing at the entrance.

“He bolted out the passenger side and ran into the subdivision,” Jagoe said. “We were about to deploy a tracking dog, but a citizen saw him.”

Michael Homer was in the process Tuesday of moving out of his townhouse on Constitution Way when a patrol vehicle drove past.

He said he waved and soon more authorities arrived.

“Next thing I heard, someone was screaming ‘stop’ and the guy was running,” he said. “And then I heard someone say, ‘You’re under arrest.’”

Homes said the incident wasn’t typical for the neighborhood.

“It’s always quiet here.”

Jagoe said Perro fled the vehicle with a bag of items authorities suspect came from the home he allegedly robbed. He said the bag was recovered.

“You just don’t come to Forsyth County and do a burglary,” Jagoe said.