An Austell teen accused in a "smash and grab" burglary at a local jewelry store apparently has ties to a criminal street gang.
Devon Malik Odem, 17, appeared in Douglas County Magistrate Court on Monday charged with gang participation and interference with government property. Chief Magistrate Judge Susan Camp denied bond, saying Odem is likely to commit a felony. According to the warrant, Odem has been tied to the Bloods gang. He is also accused of using an pen to write gang-related material on his jail shoes.
Odem was arrested on Feb. 3 with two adults and one juvenile for breaking into Atlanta West Jewelry on Douglas Boulevard in Douglasville. A fifth subject was later identified and warrants were taken on him. All the suspects are from Cobb County.
According to the warrants, entry into the business was made after one of the suspects smashed the front door with a rock, causing over $500 in damage. A rock and another object was used to strike a glass display case inside the store. The suspects were caught after a brief vehicle chase that ended on Cobblestone Court where three of the suspects fled on foot.
One of the suspects reportedly stayed behind in the car and attempted to flee again before being taken into custody. Several pieces of merchandise belonging to Atlanta West Jewelry was inside the vehicle.
During Monday's bond hearing, Odem admitted he wrote on the shoes.
"Some of that stuff was already on the shoes," he said. "I didn't write all of it."