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Athens area burglars used child in thefts, police say

Friday, Feb. 15, 2013 2:02 PM
Last updated 6:58 PM
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Two women facing a host of criminal charges stemming from a recent spree of burglaries in Barrow County brought an 8-year-old child with them and even used the child to help them steal, Winder police said.

Zenobia Griffin, 27, and Dacquiri Huff, 20, were both arrested by police Wednesday at their home on Candlewood Terrace off East Broad Street in Winder.

“Zenobia has a young child and was bringing the child with them while they committed the burglaries,” said Officer Chris Cooper, spokesman for the Winder Police Department.

“It was her 8-year-old child that she used to help take things from the homes,” Cooper said.

Griffin and Huff were charged with four burglaries when arrested Wednesday, but Cooper said investigators have connected them to three other break-ins and additional charges are forthcoming.

The women typically committed burglaries in the daytime, by kicking in doors, Cooper said.

“An odd thing was all of the victims we contacted were either friends of the suspects to some degree, or were acquaintances at the very least,” Cooper said.

Also arrested at the women’s home on Wednesday was a 16-year-old, who was charged as a juvenile with burglary and other offenses.

Cooper did not immediately know whether the juvenile was related to either of the adults, or whether Griffin’s child, who went along on the burglaries was a boy or girl.

The arrests came after detectives went to the home on Candlewood Terrace to interview Griffin, whose name came up in connection with a spate of burglaries over the past several weeks, Cooper said.

One detective noticed a flatscreen TV in the home that matched the make and model of one that had been reported stolen, and even got a partial look at the TV’s serial number, helping to confirm it was stolen, Cooper said.

The detectives immediately obtained a search warrant and recovered other flatscreen TVs and electronics that had been reported stolen in burglaries, Cooper said.

Also found during the search was a controlled substance, according to Cooper, who said one of the adults apparently had a substance problem.

“It does seem one of them may have had a habit with drugs, but at this point there is nothing to indicate the burglaries were a direct cause” of drug addiction, the officer said.

Griffin and Huff were each held without bail Friday at the Barrow County Detention Center.

In addition to the burglaries, each is charged with multiple counts of theft, contributing to the delinquency of a minor, second-degree cruelty to children, and one count each of obtaining dangerous drugs by fraud.

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Red Headed Step Child
Red Headed Step Child 02/15/13 - 05:45 pm

I don't think this is what was intended for "Take a kid to Work" day...

Darby 02/15/13 - 06:44 pm
Be nice if we could flay the skin off of people like that...

but there goes that pesky Constitution and its "cruel and unusual" clause again.

Guntoter 2
Guntoter 2 02/16/13 - 07:54 am
No Surprise...

OMG what is a child to do?..being around those 2 ratchet low life' surprise there just read the names. These children need professional intervention not tomorrow but right now and the 2 ratchet bar-flies need to be locked away forever.

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