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Smash and grab trio jailed after multi-jurisdiction hunt

police-lights-1An interstate crime spree has reportedly come to an end for three men who included stops in Senoia, unincorporated Coweta County, Peachtree City and unincorporated Fayette County in their journey to the jailhouse.

Fayette County Sheriff’s deputies and Senoia Police were alerted on Feb. 10 to a combined five cases of burglary, including the Woolsey Chevron Food Mart on Hwy. 92 South, the Chevron Store on Hwy. 85 South, both in Fayette County, plus Crooks Hit N Run, Big Chick and Chapultepec in Senoia. Three days later on Feb. 13, Peachtree City Police were called to investigate burglaries at Village Store Braelinn Gas Station and Peachtree Bottle Shop, plus an attempted burglary at the Casa Vieja restaurant.

Coweta County Sheiff’s deputies reportedly also responded to a linked burglary in their jurisdiction.

According to Fayette County Sheriff Barry Babb, it was a clue gained by Peachtree City Police that helped tie all of the incidents together and link them to the same three suspects.

Andrew Edge, 22, of Phenix City, Alabama, Artavius Reynolds, 25, also of Phenix City, and Xzavier Reynolds, 28, of Columbus, Georgia were arrested by Marion County deputies on Sunday after allegedly performing more burglaries in Spalding County, Woodbury and Alabama.

Senoia Police Chief Jason Edens said the trio was picked up by Marion County deputies and Buena Vista Police officers after they committed more “smash and grabs” in that community.

Police used the description of the vehicle provided by Peachtree City Police to link the suspects to the incidents in this area. Babb, Edens and Peachtree City Police Lieutenant Mark Brown said excellent teamwork between several law enforcement agencies in a broad area led to the arrests.

Babb said he would like to “send a special thanks for Sheriff Derrell Neal of Marion County and his deputies for the hospitality shown to detectives during this investigation.”

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.