Stolen gun used in Newnan robbery; Links to other AT&T robberies
By JOHN A. WINTERS
A gun stolen from a previous robbery of an AT&T dealer store was used in Wednesday's similar armed robbery on Highway 34 East near Newnan, according to Coweta County authorities.
Also, investigators from at least three other jurisdictions have already contacted the Coweta County Sheriff's Office about the three suspects captured Wednesday, who robbed the AT&T dealer store near Thomas Crossroads.
"It's all beginning to tie up very nicely," said Major Jimmy Yarbrough with the sheriff's office.
AT&T stores in DeKalb County, Fairburn and Morrow were all robbed by gunmen over the last few months, the major said, adding investigators from those areas have either already interviewed the suspects or are coming to Coweta to do so.
In the Morrow robbery, the gunman stole a Beretta 9mm that belonged to the store manager, Yarbrough said. That gun was used in the Newnan area robbery.
Two gunmen entered the AT&T dealer store in Newnan about 9:22 a.m. Wednesday. One gunman ordered the employee to sit on her hands, while the other stole high-end phones and other mobile devices – estimated to be worth $4,000 – from the safe.
They left in a 325i BMW minutes later and were tracked down at the Exit 47 northbound onramp within six or seven minutes from the time the employee called 911.
A high-speed chase ensued north on I-85, with the BMW being clocked at speeds up to 131 mph. The suspects got off at Exit 61, hit a curb which exploded the airbags and were quickly apprehended as they tried to flee on foot, authorities said.
Courvoisier L.A. Armour, 22, and Deangelo Millen, 20, both of Riverdale, are in the Coweta County Jail facing armed robbery charges. The getaway driver, Aric Lovell Owens, 20, of Fairburn, was charged with armed robbery, and additional charges of speeding, reckless driving and attempting to elude, according to jail records.