Burglar faces up to 60 charges in Forsyth County

Dominguez-Rodriguez charged with burglaries in multiple jurisdictions

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FORSYTH COUNTY, Ga. — A Gwinnett County man is being charged with burglarizing nine different businesses in eight months in Forsyth County.

Erick Dominguez-Ramirez, 35, was arrested on March 29 and charged with burglary, according to the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office.

Sheriff Duane Piper said additional burglary charges are being made against Dominguez-Ramirez in four other metro-Atlanta jurisdictions with the total burglaries expected to exceed 30 and could reach as many as 60.

Piper said the arrest of Dominguez-Ramirez followed an extensive investigation and collaboration between the sheriff’s office, Gwinnett County Police, Suwanee Police, Duluth Police and Johns Creek Police departments.

Forsyth County investigators were led to Dominguez-Ramirez after he allegedly burglarized a Century 21 real estate office in Forsyth County on March 22.

Sheriff’s investigators, working with neighboring jurisdictions, conducted interviews and surveillance after obtaining leads from evidence found at the Century 21 office.

Dominguez-Ramirez was identified, arrested and later confessed to numerous burglaries.

Forsyth County Sheriff’s Cpl. Kris Hall, the lead case investigator, said the burglary spree in Forsyth County began on Aug. 16 and ran through March 22.

“We believe he has been involved in as many as 43 burglaries within the Forsyth, Gwinnett, Johns Creek, Duluth and Suwanee jurisdictions,” Hall said. “Once the investigation is completed, he could be tied to as many as 60 burglaries in the metro-Atlanta area.”

Dominguez-Ramirez has been connected to 10 burglaries in Forsyth County.

“There were nine businesses involved, with one business, Castle Car Wash, being burglarized twice,” Hall said.

At the Castle Car Wash, on Buford Highway, Dominguez-Ramirez allegedly stole a laptop and cash from the cash register about 3 a.m. on March 22, according to an incident report.

Dominguez-Ramirez wore a black hoodie with an eagle design on the front, black gloves and a ski mask to break into the car wash. The burglar is suspected of breaking into the car wash in November of 2013.

Dominguez-Ramirez is being charged by Forsyth County with 10 counts of burglary in the second degree, 10 counts of theft by taking, 10 counts of criminal damage, and 10 counts of possession of burglary tools.

Hall said Dominguez-Ramirez faces charges in relation to six burglaries in Gwinnett County, 10 burglaries in the City of Suwanee, two burglaries in the City of Duluth and five burglaries in the City of Johns Creek.

Dominguez-Ramirez is being held at the Gwinnett County Jail.

“In working with the neighboring jurisdictions to capture this serial burglar,” Hall said, “we believe he has been committing these crimes since April of 2013.”

FH 04-9-14