Bold burglars thwarted by Cobb housewife
by Noreen Cochran
February 01, 2013 10:00 AM | 8145 views | 13 13 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print
A stay-at-home mom in the Park Walk subdivision scared away burglars who attempted a smash-and-grab while she was upstairs in bed.

Robin Jackson said she heard a crash Thursday morning around 9 a.m., after her husband had gone to work and her children left for school.

It was the sound of a concrete slab being tossed through a back window.

“I thought it was my husband come back because he forgot something. I yelled out his name, and I guess they ran out,” she said. “They didn’t expect anyone to be home.”

Jackson said it was a close call.

“I’m glad I didn’t run into them,” she said about the burglars. “I don’t have a weapon.”

Crime has increased in the subdivision since she moved in about 18 months ago, Jackson said.

“This is the second burglary this week,” she said.

Residents have dogs and alarm systems, Jackson said, but no neighborhood watch.

“I may bring that up to the homeowners association,” she said.

The week’s first burglary resulted in Cobb County police rounding up eight teenagers, she said.

Park Walk is located west of Smyrna near Hurt Road Park.

Cobb County police spokesman Sgt. Dana Pierce said the suspects who broke into the Jackson residence may be truants.

“Adults will kick in the door,” he said. “Kids go around the back.”

Pierce recommended “keeping eyes on your neighbors,” by calling 911 if children are seen loitering during school hours.

Jackson said the suspects may be entering through a fence next to an apartment complex, seeking lightweight items like cash, jewelry, video games and iPads.
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mk-truth hurts
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February 04, 2013
No matter how you spin it,... it's still the Smyrna area.

Just like the super meth lab, run by mexican cartel. Just like the poor vetern that had his head bashed in at a party on Old Concord.

Just like the girl held in her home, starved to death.

Smyrna has a slew of poverty stricken neighborhoods that spread all the way from Smyrna through Marretta, Austell, Mableton & Powder Springs, that are completly ignored by this city & county leaders also!

Come through Smyrnas vacant, abandoned Concord Road, to the negleted Hurt Road area. It's Smyrna any way you slice it.

Smyrna is not growing or prospering.

Blame it on the dishonest Smyrna gov'ment!
Robin Jackson
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February 02, 2013
How this story turned into a debate about Marietta v. Smyrna Von Cobb Schools v. Marietta City Schools stumps me. I was a victim of a home invasion, and that's all that matters. Home invasions can occur in any county in America whether the schools are good or bad. The point of the article was to alert Cobb residents that home invasions are increasing in the area. I thank my Higher Power that I woke up in time to thwart their efforts. When are you all going to wake up?
seeking rationality
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February 09, 2013
I am genuinely sorry that you had the bad luck to be hit by these miscreants. We all know that the very same thing could happen anywhere.

But since the replies you are getting touch on so many peripheral matters, I offer you the following, with kindest respect to your views and words. The "Higher Power," called by any name, being the originator of all earthly happenings, is the agent who placed the burglars there to begin with, or at least allowed them to get there [and who put the lawless idea into their minds before they acted?]

That this power [any deity] allowed or caused the crime, and then later mercifully rescued you, is irrational. One may thank this higher power, or blame him/her, but don't do both. For those who are not familiar with this theological concept, the concept is called "the God of gaps."

Offered with respect and good wishes,

Fellow Cobbite

Robin Jackson
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February 28, 2013
Higher Power can mean a number of things. Spare me the history lesson; I am a rational thinker too. My higher power could've been my intuition. Stop getting lost in the details and just be human(e) enough to understand/ relate to the danger I encountered.
Lucky Thugs
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February 01, 2013
These young thugs should consider themselves lucky the homeowner did not have a gun. The next time they try this they may find themselves facing one, and that will be a very bad day for them.
Journalism Grad
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February 01, 2013
I am a life long resident of Cobb County & a big fan of the MDJ, but if the MDJ wants to be clear and fair, they should note whether the crime occurred within the city limits of any city in the county AND what police department services that location. And the editor should have caught this "slight of hand" before it was posted unless the MDJ was trying to help their friend, Mayor Max Bacon.

And readers who do not have school age children also do not realize there are two public school systems in our county- the Cobb County SD & the Marietta City School System. So this distinction should be made clear in any stories regarding our school systems.
Robin Jackson
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February 02, 2013
The home invasion occurred in unincorporated Marietta.
VFP42
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February 01, 2013
Sorry about all the crime. The HOA has been busy keeping chickens out of the neighborhood.

Why does this story say "MARIETTA" at the start but then says the neighborhood is in Smyrna near Hurt Park Road and quote Cobb Police Sgt Dana Pierce who is very clearly Cobb not Marietta?

Please stop slinging mud at the City of Marietta. Cobb and Smyrna are not Marietta!

While you're at it, please also stop using the word "Marietta' in the name of this mud slinger.

Please just rename this paper the "Unincorporated Cobb Right Wing Radio Repeater" so Marietta stops getting slammed as a bunch of Ridjits?
Marietta Res
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February 01, 2013
@VFP42....Wow! Someone forgot to take their meds this morning.
Friendly Web Editor
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February 01, 2013
You are correct.

The dateline has been deleted, and the headline corrected to Cobb.
Friendly Web Editor
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February 01, 2013
To be absolutely fair, the homes in the Park Walk subdivision are in the 30060 zip code...which belongs to Marietta.
anonymous
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February 01, 2013
VFP needs to put on his rose colored glasses. He has been seeing very, very dark the last couple of days. Or if VFP is a she, maybe it is PMS?
Mariettan
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February 02, 2013
I agree with VFP42. Use Cobb when appropriate; Marietta when it involves Marietta.

It's a no-brainer really: If the responding police force is Cobb, then use Cobb. If the responding police force is Marietta, then use Marietta.

The postal service "address" is not a valid source. One can have a Marietta postal address and live near the Paulding County line. Not Mariettans in my book.
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