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Tree crashes into apartment; resident says a looter struck, too


DECATUR, Ga. -- A Decatur man had a really bad morning. 

Abdelaziz Jertala came home from work just after midnight to find his home damaged by a tree that had fallen during the night's storms. He had been working since around noon that day, and never got a call about the tree.

"When it happened, no one was home. I was working. I finished at 12:00 midnight.  So, when I arrived here, I found this had happened," he said. "Nobody said anything to me."

Neighbors in the same building say the storm hit between 9:00 pm and 10:00 pm Tuesday. They tell 11Alive's Jon Shirek they saw a blinding flash and heard a boom of thunder that shook the building and knocked pictures off of the walls. But they say they didn't realize a tree had crashed into the building. 

Jertala says he quickly realized items were missing from his apartment -- a 55-inch television, an HP laptop, and a Samsung cell phone were all listed in a police report he filed with DeKalb County.

"When the trees fell, somebody came inside and stole a lot of stuff," he said. 

In the incident report, police note there is no sign of forced entry into the apartment, but they are investigating this as a burglary.

Heavy rains moved through Metro Atlanta Tuesday night. 11Alive StormTrackers reported lightning, hail, and high winds.