Atlanta police hope they're close to cracking the cases involving a series of robberies and kidnappings in Buckhead. They've released a sketch of a man they are looking for as thousands of people come to Atlanta for the Final Four.
In the last few weeks, Buckhead has been plagued with an increase in robberies and at least three kidnappings. Police are looking for anywhere from two to six men, but they haven't released the number of victims.
"It appears that they're just picking people at random that may be coming home late at night or something like that," said Lt. Rod Woody of the Atlanta Police Department.
Police haven't yet solved the cases in which victims were held at gunpoint, kidnapped and forced to withdraw cash from ATMs before being released.
One video shows several men using a victim's credit card inside a Stonecrest Mall Footlocker.
Another man was seen on video wearing a Lithonia football sweatshirt, withdrawing money from an ATM.
The uptick in crime comes as the city prepares to host tens of thousands of people for the Final Four.
Officers ask visitors and residents to stay in groups.
"We have officers at the hotels where the teams are staying. We have officers where people coming into town are staying. We have officers all around the Lenox Mall area," Wood said.
Authorities said visitors shouldn't be scare.
"I don't think they should be worried. They should go about their business as anyone else should. We haven't had any incidents in the last week," Wood said.
Investigators were said to be in Greenville, S.C. interviewing a man who was arresting while allegedly driving a robbery victim's vehicle.
Anyone with information on any of the crimes is urged to call CrimeStoppers at (404)577-8477.
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