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Three charged in burglary of lakeside mansion
Grier Demarkus
Demarkus Grier - photo by Submitted

Authorities have asked that anyone with information about the May 13 burglary on Swiss Air Road, call the sheriff’s Crime Stoppers hot line at (770) 888-7308. Callers may remain anonymous.
Two Atlanta men arrested after a May 31 high-speed chase and fiery crash also face charges in connection with the burglary of a northeast Forsyth County home.

Demarkus Grier, 18, and Demarcus Graham, 20, are being held without bond at the Fulton County jail.

Authorities are looking for 19-year-old Earl Middlebrooks, Jr. in connection with the burglary and chase, which stretched from Alpharetta to Atlanta.

The Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office has charged each of the three men with one count of burglary and two counts of motor vehicle theft.

“There is evidence to indicate that Earl is the leader,” said Sheriff’s Investigator Tom McCullagh. “He may be armed and dangerous.”

The burglary occurred about 3:30 a.m. May 13 at a residence on Swiss Air Road near Lake Lanier.

McCullough said two vehicles, including a $225,000 Bentley, were taken from the home, along with electronics, tools and rare jewelry.

Sheriff’s Lt. Col. Gene Moss said the four adults and one child who live there were home during the burglary, but were not harmed.

“Based on our crime scene investigation, it appears [the suspects] spent a considerable amount of time in the residence without waking anyone,” Moss said.

McCullough added that it took investigators and crime scene technicians about seven hours to process the house because of its size, which is about 16,500 square feet.

The vehicles turned up about 11:30 p.m. May 13 at an abandoned home near Moreland Avenue in southeast DeKalb County.

Moss said authorities found evidence, including masks, that indicated the suspects anticipated confronting the people who live at the house.

Grier, Graham and Middlebrooks also face charges from Alpharetta authorities in connection with a May 31 home invasion at a house on Club Court. The suspects reportedly robbed a family at gunpoint.

Grier and Graham allegedly stole a Cadillac Escalade from the Alpharetta residence. Authorities pursued them south on Ga. 400 until the vehicle crashed and burst in flames on Old Bankhead Highway.

Authorities said Middlebrooks fled in a different vehicle.

Based on similarities with the Alpharetta case, Forsyth authorities were able to link the suspects to the May 13 incident.

“Search warrants were executed at their residence and stolen property was recovered that came out of (the Swiss Air Road) residence,” Moss said.

The local charges were filed Tuesday.

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