Tyrone residents are on high alert following a string of robberies in the area.
The latest burglary happened at approximately 8 a.m. Monday morning at the O’Reilly’s Auto Parts on 992 Tyrone Road.
According to the Tyrone Police Department, via their Facebook page, the suspect in question entered through an unlocked back door of the establishment and fired at an employee once startled.
The suspect also fired at a local Tyrone resident as he attempted to get away from the scene of the crime. The resident attempted to ram the back of the suspect’s getaway car with his own vehicle. This resulted in the suspect shooting at the resident’s car with a child in the back seat.
No one was injured at the scene, and Tyrone Police are currently looking for the suspect and his vehicle that is described as a Hyundai Sonata. The suspect is characterized as a black male nearing 6-foot-5 in height. He was last seen wearing a mask, gloves, black pants, and a gray hoodie.
Tyrone Police are advising that everyone take precaution when entering stores in the area. They also advise anyone with information to call 911 or contact the Tyrone Police Department at 770-487-4732.
This incident was the second time the store has been burglarized in two weeks with the first incident occurring on December 4.
Tyrone Police believe that the recent string of robberies could be connected between two criminal groups.
Since late November, multiple stores have been robbed by criminals in the area. The Dollar General on 989 Senoia Road was burglarized on November 26 and again, three days later, on November 29.
The Police Department also reported that a local Shell Gas Station was robbed on November 27.
The culprits are believed to be different robbers with each incident. Tyrone Police have been working tirelessly with other regional police departments to piece together the remaining details of the crime spree.
According to the Newnan Times Herald, Newnan Police have a suspect in custody identified as Michael Brandon Taylor. He admitted to having robbed Dollar Generals in the Coweta and Fayette areas with other individuals. The department currently looking for other suspects in connection with the crime.
Since this is an ongoing investigation, no other information was disseminated to the public at this time.