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Sandy Springs Officers Recognized for Catching Burglars

The teamwork of the officers helped capture suspects who were responsible for burglarizing an apartment unit.

From left to right are: Sergeant Norm Vik, Officer Mike Stark, and Officer Keith Sawtell. Credit: Sandy Springs Police
From left to right are: Sergeant Norm Vik, Officer Mike Stark, and Officer Keith Sawtell. Credit: Sandy Springs Police
Four Sandy Springs Police Department officers who banded together to capture suspects believed to be behind a burglary that occurred earlier this month have been commended for their actions. 

Officers Mike Stark, Keith Sawtell, John Ritch and David Helm received the Chief's Certificate of Commendation in their actions stemming from burglary-in-progress call just after 4 p.m. March 5 on Spalding Trail. 

While responding, Officer Mike Stark came upon a stolen car in which three of the suspects were discovered sitting inside the vehicle. Stark directed the other officers to the area where the other suspects were located. 

K-9 officer John Ritch witnessed two of the suspects flee the area while officer Keith Sawtell, who located the apartment in an adjacent complex that had been burglarized, positioned himself in a location that blocked off an escape route for the suspects. 

Officer David Helm then went into action and helped Ritch in a foot chase to capture the suspects. Helm later recovered property taken in the burglary. 

Sgt. Norm Vik, who nominated the officers, commended the officers for their "exceptional tactics and police work during this fast-paced situation."

"Their actions resulted in five arrests," he added. "They conducted their actions in a safe and processional manner which is proof of their dedication." 

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