AR Bunker burglary suspect arrested

by Wes Mayer

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A man believed to be involved in the January burglary of the AR Bunker gun store in Newnan was arrested by Coweta County authorities Monday afternoon.

Investigators arrested Douglas Bernard Dukes, 18, at his home on the 5200-block of Highway 138 in Union City, said Lt. Col. Jimmy Yarbrough with the Coweta County Sheriff’s Office. Dukes was charged with burglary and criminal damage to property and was transported to the Coweta County Jail.

Around 4:50 a.m. Jan. 26 three suspects backed a Honda Accord, believed to be stolen, through the front door of the AR Bunker store on Highway 34 East. Within 50 seconds, the suspects stole around 30 rifles and firearms — a total value of $70,000 — and fled the scene. Shortly after Newnan Police officers responded, authorities were contacted by representatives of nearby industry Sygma Network, Inc., reporting a vehicle crashed into their fence off International Park in the Creekside Industrial Park.

The suspects abandoned the vehicle along with about eight firearms that authorities were able to recover. County authorities immediately searched the area using K-9 units and the sheriff’s office’s helicopter. Agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives arrived with K-9 units specially trained to sniff for firearms, but the suspects were unable to be located.

According to Yarbrough, investigators did find some personal property in the trunk of the Honda, later found to be stolen out of Union City. These items, along with video surveillance footage of the burglary led investigators to Dukes in Union City. Yarbrough said authorities are still looking for the other suspects.



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