By Bill Sanders
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
COBB COUNTY, Ga. — Albin Blomkvest's Myspace page lists Batman as one of his heroes. Apparently, the 33-year-old is a bit of a crime fighter himself.
Angry that his Dodge Ram truck kept getting broken into --- at his own home --- the Cobb County man did what every good citizen with a little moxie and a fairly elaborate video system would do. He set up a sting, using his truck as bait.
"Stuff kept disappearing from my truck," Blomkvest said. "I have a lot of change in my car, like $60 worth of quarters. It kept dwindling."
Blomkvest set up a monitor by his TV and the camera off of his driveway after he was carjacked about six months ago. Since moving to the area of east Cobb near Lower Roswell and Terrell Mill roads about a year ago, he's been robbed, burglarized and carjacked.
Having spare change swiped from his truck topped off his frustration. He was simply tired of being a victim.
Blomkvest had just gotten home late Saturday night when he noticed on his monitor that someone was in his truck, which was unlocked in his driveway.
"I ran out back, and this kid took a swing at me and hit me with his cellphone upside the head. It fell into the truck. I chased him down the street, but he got away. I got back to the truck and found his phone.
"I called the cops. Seven police cars pulled up, and they found one kid behind my house and one down the street. I took the cellphone and gave it to police and said, 'Here, call his mom.' "
Cobb police Officer R.L. New, the responding officer, writes in his report that he called "Home" from the cellphone's directory, "and thanks to responsible parents, this led to the arrest of both juvenile teenaged males."
Police charged two juveniles, whose names were not released because of their ages, with entering an auto for theft, loitering and prowling. The one who hit Blomkvest also was charged with simple assault.
Blomkvest said police told him there was a small group of kids stealing stuff in the area.
"It's safe to say, when schools let out for the summer, we see an increase in crime involving juveniles and thefts of this type. Not only in Zone 4 [east Cobb], but throughout the county," police spokesman Dana Pierce said.
As for the truck trespassers, the official statement from police went like this: "Although this one worked out well, we wouldn't want to encourage a victim to take matters into his own hands, because it could be dangerous," Lt. Mark Chenoweth said.
The unofficial tone was more like this: "You go, Albin, you Suburban Crusader, you!"
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Ga. civilian sets up sting, busts car thieves