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Published on September 16th, 2015 |

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Alert employee aids Zone 2 police arrest suspect in AT&T store robbery

Atlanta police Zone 2 officers have arrested a man they believe robbed a Buckhead AT&T Store in the Chastain Square shopping center, 4279 Roswell Road NE, at gunpoint on Sunday just after 7 p.m.

A store employee was working alone at the store assisting a customer when a male entered the store at 7:03 p.m. wearing sunglasses, a bright blue hoodie, a baseball cap with a yellow brim, gray and black Puma shoes and dark gray jeans.

The male exposed a gun and ordered the employee to walk behind the counter to empty the cash register and to place Apple brand tablets and smart phones into a large bag. The quick-thinking store employee also placed a dummy cell phone box, which contained a GPS tracking system in with the other electronics items.

After the robber exited the store, the employee called 911 to report the robbery and then called his district manager, who began to track the stolen items and provided real-time updates to Zone 2 officers.

Around a half hour later, the phone box was tracked to the parking lot of a restaurant in Dunwoody. Zone 2 officers along with Dunwoody police responded to the location and a plainclothes officer entered the restaurant and saw a person matching the suspect’s description.

When the suspect left the restaurant, he was stopped by police before he could drive away in a black GMC Yukon. The man, who refused to give his name, was found to be carrying a Glock pistol, a black bandanna, and approximately $318.

APD Officers continued searching for the stolen electronics, which were located inside of a parked unoccupied gray Ford Edge SUV located approximately 20 yards from the black GMC Yukon. A clear trash bag containing 27 electronic devices (and the one dummy tracking box) was in plain view on the rear seat, and the doors to the Ford were unlocked.

Beside the bag of electronics was a baseball cap with a yellow brim and a bright blue hoodie identical to the type worn by the robber. Approximately 1 hour later, the victims positively identified the suspect as the robber and they confirmed that the recovered electronics were the items stolen during the robbery.

The suspect was transported to the Zone 2 precinct and he claimed that he was not involved in any robbery and was not at the AT&T store. He did indicate that he had past arrests for armed robbery and carrying a firearm, and he was discovered to have outstanding warrants from neighboring counties.

A Fulton County warrant was issued for Armed Robbery and he was transported to the Fulton County Jail.

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