VIDEO: Gwinnett Police Looking for Suspects in Series of Armed Robberies
Police are looking for the public's help in capturing and identifying those responsible for a series of robberies at cell phone stores in Norcross and Snellville.
A suspect or suspects recently have been busy robbing cell phone stores in the area, and Gwinnett County police want the public's help to nab the culprits.
There have been at least seven robberies, including six pegged to unincorporated Norcross and one in unincorporated Snellville, according to a press statement from Gwinnett County Police Department.
Police said the robberies occurred between May 26 and July 24 of this year.
In each incident, police said one or two black male suspects robbed the stores at gunpoint. At least one of the suspects captured on surveillance video in each case appears to be the same person, said Cpl. Jake Smith, in a press release.
The primary suspect usually brandishes a handgun from his pants' waste, then orders the employees into a back bathroom or closet, and tells them not to come out until a few minutes have elapsed, officials said. In about two minutes, the robbery is complete.
In the Snellville case, which happened at a Sprint store located in the 3200 block of Stone Mountain Highway near Lilburn, the armed robbery happened about 6:30 p.m. on June 2.
There were three employees and one customer at the store at the time when the two suspects entered. Not only was money stolen from the cash drawers in the lobby, but one of the suspects led an employee to a back room where money was stolen from a safe, according to a police report.
While one suspect grabbed money out of safe, another stayed in the front room with others. According to the police report, the store telephone rang, and when an employee motioned to answer it, one of the suspects said: "Don't do that. Don't pick up that phone. Be easy and stay right there."
The police reported that about $800 was stolen from the store, but that there were no visible injuries of the victims.
The main suspect is described as a black male with a light skin tone, about 5 feet, 8 inches tall and weighs about 150 pounds.
Anyone with information on this suspect, or this robbery series, should contact Gwinnett County robbery detectives at 770-513-5300.
You can also contact Crime Stoppers at (404) 557-TIPS, or visit www.crimestoppersatlanta.org.