published Wednesday, October 5th, 2011

Dalton police search for burglary suspect

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The Dalton Police Department is looking for information about a burglary on Monday afternoon.

The suspect took a digital camera, a laptop and a black plastic bag that contained about $50 in cash from an apartment, Dalton Police spokesman Bruce Frazier said in a news release.

Between noon and 12:20 p.m. Monday, a witness reported hearing a man banging on the back door of an apartment at 788 Bermuda St., Frazier said.

The witness then heard the sound of breaking glass and saw the suspect reach in to unlock the door through a broken glass panel and enter the apartment, Frazier said.

When the suspect exited the apartment, he was carrying a plastic bag of change and appeared to be carrying something else underneath his sweatshirt, leading the witness to call out for him to stop.

The suspect ran toward Underwood Street, and the witness chased him until he got into a blue four-door Honda Civic driven by a woman, Frazier said.

The witness told police the suspect was a tall Hispanic male in his late 20s who was wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt and jeans, Frazier said.

Anyone with information can call Dalton police Detective Ricky Long at 706-278-9085, ext. 168.

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Abe said...

TFP reporters: Please learn that there is a difference between a suspect and a criminal. It's Journalism 101.

You write, "The suspect took a digital camera, a laptop and a black plastic bag that contained about $50 in cash from an apartment, Dalton Police spokesman Bruce Frazier said in a news release. "

No, the suspect took nothing. In fact, as the story develops, police don't have a suspect. There is not suspect -- the police as of yet don't have a specific person they're looking for.

The burglar took a digital camera, a laptop, etc.

The suspect didn't leave the apartment. The suspect didn't run. The burglar did those things.

Why does it matter? Because people are innocent unless proven guilty. Police tend to forget this, and police call every evil-doer a suspect, because to a police officer everyone accused of a crime did the crime -- so police fail to preserve this difference.

But journalists should know better.

Suspects don't rob banks. Bank robbers do.

October 5, 2011 at 5:12 p.m.
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