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Deputies nab two burglary suspects, look for two more

This Tuesday morning security video footage from DJ’s One Stop shows a suspect bolting from the doorway as a Fayette County Sheriff’s deputy patrol car enters the scene. (Photo provided by the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office)

Fayette County Sheriff’s deputies napped two of four suspects connected to an early Tuesday morning burglary at the DJ’s One Stop convenience store located at Hwy. 85 South and Bernhard Road.
According to Sheriff Barry Babb, a burglary alarm call went out at 2:25 a.m., and one deputy was so close already that he arrived in time to see suspects fleeing the store. In fact, security camera footage from the store shows a fleeing suspect and the patrol car in the same shot.
Three males were seen leaving the scene on foot, and one sped away in a newer-model Ford SUV, Babb said. He said that vehicle, which turned out to be stolen, and that driver were soon spotted and captured.
And then they brought out the bloodhound.
“During the K-9 search, a driver in the area reported a male walking in the area of Hwy. 85 and Christopher Drive,” Babb said. “Deputies quickly located the 25-year-old male and confirmed he was also involved in the commercial burglary.”
Babb said the suspect captured on foot is from Ellenwood, and the suspect driving the stolen SUV is from Atlanta.
“The shift did a great job of getting there in time and wrapping up two out of four,” Babb said Tuesday afternoon. “And now we’re going to get as deep into this as we can and make things happen.
“We’re almost positive they’re an active group that has worked over the metro area,” Babb said.
Anyone with information helpful to the case may call the Fayette County Sheriff’s Department at 770-461-6353.

By Danny Harrison

Danny Harrison, a 1992 Fayette High School graduate, began his journalism career with Fayette County News in 1995. After taking several leaves of absence to pursue journalism and Christian ministry opportunities, including a few out of state and overseas, he returned full-time to Fayette County News in August 2014. Harrison earned a bachelor's degree in pastoral ministry in 2009 while serving as a missionary journalist in England and Western Europe.