“I couldn’t even think or breathe;” DeKalb Co. mother says suspect stole her car from daycare

Dekalb County police are looking for the man they say stole a car from a daycare on Columbia Drive in Decatur.

Latoya Burns said it happened last Tuesday.

“I was just on my way to daycare around 8:24 a.m. and hugged my kids and greeted them,” Burns said.

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Burns said she was driving a 2012 Nissan Altima that had a damaged passenger headlight and the hood was secured with a green bungee cord.

After getting out of her car, she entered the center.

“We heard a loud horn and someone holding the horn,” Burns said.

Burns said it was an employee inside one of the vans. He let everyone know what was happening outside.

“As soon as I hear the horn, I go to the door and I see my car backing out of the parking space that I was parked in, and it just took off out of the parking lot.”


Her purse, phone and other personal items were in the car.

“I had money in my purse. My bank cards. I was just really in shock. I was just in shock that it happened so quickly. I couldn’t even think or breathe at that moment,” Burns said.

Burns said it all happened in a minute.

Police believe the suspect was watching her.

Channel 2 Action News obtained more video of this suspect walking back and forth in front of the daycare.

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“When I saw the full video, I knew he was sitting there watching me the whole time take my kids out of the car and kiss them.”

Police said they were looking for ring door cameras in the area. They also filed this case with the National Crime Information Center.

As for the victim, Burns is trying to buy a new car.


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