Authorities in three metro Atlanta counties are trying to track down a parolee who they believe went right back to his old ways after being released from prison.
Samuel Leon Mosley, 60, of Atlanta, was released on parole in March after serving eight years on a conviction stemming from a 2003 burglary in Whitfield County. Records show Mosley also served time for prior burglaries in Pickens and Gwinnett counties.
Some very clear surveillance video captured in August at Rainbow Asia restaurant in Canton led detectives to Mosley.
"We certainly want to get him off the streets," said Lt. Jay Baker of the Cherokee County Sheriff's Office. "It appears he is a professional burglar, and the sooner he is in custody the better. We are currently working with other jurisdictions in the Atlanta metro area for similar burglaries."
Mosley also is a suspect in recent restaurant burglaries in Clayton and Henry counties, Baker said.
In Clayton County, Lake City police said Mosley burglarized the Hong Kong City restaurant in May. It was only after seeing the video from the Rainbow Asia burglary that Clayton County investigators were able to link their case to Mosley.
The owner of Rainbow Asia, Linda Gan, said the burglary happened moments before she walked in for work Sunday, Aug. 12. Gan said she is angry Mosley was granted parole.
"He is a professional burglar. He should be in jail and not coming out for parole because this is what happened. He comes back and robs us and a lot of other places," Gan said. "If he was in jail and not let out, this would not happen."
Deputies said he took cash, personal checks written to the restaurant, a Kindle Fire and an iPod Touch.
Owners found the rear door of the business open, and cameras captured the suspect's image on video above the register.
"I installed the cameras to catch employees stealing from the register," Gan said. "I couldn't believe how clear the pictures are. We really could see the face really clearly, and I really do hope people that know him, just call the sheriff so we can catch him."
If you have any information about Mosley's whereabouts, call 770-928-0239.
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