ATLANTA — A man who was arrested by Atlanta Police hit a bizarre milestone Thursday – his 70th recorded arrest.

Police said 45-year-old Eddie Brantley was caught driving a stolen car, believed to belong to a Midtown resident who left their car running while picking up dry cleaning at 950 W. Peachtree Street on March 7.

A few hours after the car was reported stolen, officers spotted it near 98 Broad St. NW, near Woodruff Park. Officers stopped the vehicle and arrested Brantley for theft by receiving stolen auto.

Brantley has been previously arrested for armed robbery, burglary, aggravated assault and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

On March 1, Fulton County District Attorney Paul L. Howard Jr. issued a letter to magistrate judges, stating his concern about what he called the “harmful” release of repeat offenders and others charged with violence and sex-related crimes.

“The Fulton County District Attorney’s Office has complained for many years that the issue of release by Fulton County Magistrate Judges is particularly harmful when it involves defendants who are arrested and charged with serious violent felonies,” Howard said in the letter. “In my opinion, the citizens of our county would feel more secure if the release of a repeat offender, a violent offender, or one involving a sex related crime was ordered by an elected Fulton County Judge, someone who has been vetted and selected by the community, and who is directly accountable to the community. This simply is not the case with an appointed Magistrate Judge.”

In his letter, Howard asked the magistrate judges to closely consider whether repeat and violent offenders should be allowed bond and proposed changes to release procedures.

He released a list of examples of convicted criminals, 11 in all, who were granted bond and released even when pre-trial services did not recommend it.

In a recent case, a man who was arrested by Atlanta Police for stealing TVs, a bike and some tools from an apartment on Ponce De Leon Avenue turned out to have been arrested 35 times prior.

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