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Police search for arsonist, thief in Gwinnett County

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GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. -

Lawrenceville police are searching for a man after a series of fires and thefts at one apartment complex.

The Century Sugarloaf Apartment complex is located on Old Norcross Road in Gwinnett County.

Officials say the first incident happened on June 19 just before 9:00 a.m. Firefighters responded to a report of a fire alarm in Building 11 which is a storage unit. According to the Gwinnett County Fire Department, crews discovered smoke coming from the ground-level unit. Fire officials say there was no structural damage to the building.

The Gwinnett County Fire Department says management at the apartment complex also alerted investigators regarding a break-in at a maintenance building on the property.

The second incident happened on August 8 just after midnight. Fire officials say mattresses, in a vacant unit being used as a decorated model, were set on fire.

Both blazes were doused by automatic fire sprinklers.

Police say a burglary was reported just after midnight on August 6 and it was caught on a surveillance camera.

Officials say footage shows an unidentified suspect breaking into the laundry room. Fire investigators think the suspect was trying to get inside the leasing office. Investigators are “confident” the same person is responsible for committing the two fires and the other break-in.

“You got a lot of kids over here,” said Milton Robinson, a resident. “Why would you want to do something like that?”

Robinson wonders if it's a resident or someone with access to the closed gate community.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Gwinnett Fire Investigations Section at 678-518-4890 or the Georgia Arson Control Hotline.

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