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City employee thwarts park building burglary

Snellville – Quick thinking by a Parks and Recreation employee helped nab two would-be thieves Monday night. 

Jillian Bouchard

Park Facility Coordinator Jillian Bouchard said she was leaving T.W. Briscoe Park at about 5 p.m. Monday night when she saw two young boys “acting kinda weird” around the new softball field concession stand. Last year, the pool area was burglarized so Bouchard decided to wait to see what the kids were up to. 

“So I pulled into the soccer parking lot (across from the softball field) and stopped so I could get a good view of them,” Bouchard said. “Sure enough, one of the two started throwing a huge rock and kicking the roll up concession window.”

Bouchard reached the Snellville Police Department through the non-emergency line (770-985-3555) and spoke to dispatcher Jasmina Hodzic.

“I stayed on the phone with dispatch and within three or four minutes, Snellville PD was there,” she said.  “I had the best view. It was like watching a live-action movie.”

Police went around the opposite side of the building and caught them in the act. 

“Seriously, I didn’t do anything,” Bouchard said. “All thanks goes to Snellville PD and Snellville Dispatch. (Hodzic) was efficient. She was nice. She was personable. Just completely on top of her game.”

The two juvenile suspects were charged with burglary.