By Aimee Jones
November 5, 2014
A man wanted in multiple burglaries in both Rockdale and Newton counties was arrested Wednesday after he allegedly attempted to steal items from a home in Newton County.
The Rockdale County Sheriff's Office issued a lookout notice this week for 44-year-old David Leon Black Jr., who was suspected in stealing various items on Sunday, Oct. 26, from Above All Tree Service located on Iris Drive in Conyers.
RCSO Cpl. Michael Camp said Black is believed to have spent about 30 minutes on the property of the business, stealing items from multiple vehicles and a shed, such as ropes, chainsaws, a gas can, GPS, jumper cables, tree climbing spikes and other tools. He was seen via surveillance video footage loading the items into the back of a white 2010 Ford Ranger pickup truck.
Camp said the company posted some of the surveillance footage on its social media pages and, as a result, received feedback from members of the public who thought they may recognize the suspect.
"The investigator got a tip last week with a possible name and we were able to do an in-house search, which brought us to David Black Jr.," Camp said.
He said investigators started researching his activity with local pawn shops through the LeadsOnline system and came across a photo of Black from Oct. 25 – one day prior to the Above All Tree Service burglary – pawning items at a local pawn shop.
"Black is believed to be involved in multiple thefts in multiple counties," Camp said.
The RCSO then issued a lookout for Black to surrounding agencies, including the Newton County Sheriff's Office and the Covington Police Department.
On Tuesday morning, a Newton County deputy responded to a home on Ga. Highway 36 where the homeowner said he came home from voting around 8:45 a.m. and discovered a white Ford Ranger parked in his carport.
"(The homeowner) stated that as he turned into the driveway, the suspect took off toward Highway 36," the incident report states. "(The homeowner) stated that he yelled at the suspect and the suspect returned back to the residence."
The suspect, who was later identified as Black, who is believed to be homeless, told the homeowner that he thought the house was vacant. He then removed an air compressor, shop vac and milk crate full of miscellaneous tools and other items from the back of his truck and then drove away, heading toward Covington, according to the Sheriff's Office.
The homeowner contacted the Sheriff's Office and was able to provide a tag number that matched the tag number on Black's Ford Ranger.
On Wednesday, the NCSO received a tip that Black was in the area of Ga. 36, so they contacted the Rockdale County Sheriff's Office and the Covington Police Department, who all responded to the area of Ga. 36 and Highway 213, where Black was located and arrested.