GPD: T-Mobile armed robbery may be linked to others across Atlanta area

By Sheila A. Marshall

Managing Editor

The Griffin Police Department is investigating an armed robbery that took place at 10:15 a.m. Friday at T-Mobile, located at 1424 North Expressway, Suite 125, in the Spalding Village Shopping Center.

“A lone black male entered the establishment, the business, brandishing two weapons – two (semi-automatic) handguns,” said Capt. Dwayne Jones. “No one was injured, but he was able to get away with an undisclosed amount of cash and a number of cell phones, and they were high-end cell phones. He didn’t go after the free entry level phones.”

Jones said the suspect is described as a black male with a light complexion, approximately six-feet-tall. Surveillance video shows the suspect wearing gray pants with a dress shirt and tie and a black jacket.

“The suspect may also have been in disguise. He had a hat on with what may have been fake dreadlocks, but we don’t know if the dreadlocks were part of the hat or his own,” Jones said. “He may possibly have been trying to disguise his appearance.”

Authorities say after exiting the business, the suspect made his way to an awaiting vehicle.

“The getaway vehicle – we believe it may have been a black SUV-type vehicle – was parked in the back of the building,” Jones said. “The vehicle may have been occupied by a black female – the getaway driver.”

Investigators are seeking to determine if this local incident may be connected with a number of similar incidents in other jurisdictions.

“One thing we are looking at is similarities with reported armed robberies of a lot of phone stores in the Atlanta area,” Jones said. “This incident seems to match the M.O., or modus operandi, of those other incidents. They’re (investigators) working with T-Mobile corporate security on that, but I do not know the number of robberies.”

Anyone with information in this case is asked to contact the lead investigator, Lt. Mike Richardson, at 770-229-6450 extension 543 or mrichardson@cityofgriffin.com. All information may be given anonymously.

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