CONYERS — The third suspect in the strong-arm robbery of an Xbox this week has been arrested.
Rockdale County Sheriff’s Office Investigator Michael Camp said deputies arrested a 16-year-old male Thursday night at his home in Conyers and have charged him with robbery and battery.
“Once we started talking to the victim, we were able to backtrack through the social media messages and find the suspect,” Camp said. “We believe the 16-year-old to be the organizer and believe he arranged for the transaction.”
On Tuesday, deputies were called to a home on Fieldstone View Lane, off Salem Road, in response to a robbery.
The victim told dispatchers that he had traveled from Ellenwood to a residence on Fieldstone View Lane to sell an Xbox video game system after arranging the deal through a social media website, according to the Sheriff’s Office. When the victim arrived at the residence, a group of male suspects jumped him and stole the video game system.
Within 30 minutes of the robbery, deputies located two of the suspects, who were later arrested and charged in connection to the robbery, but were still seeking the third male.
Deputies arrested a 15-year-old male and 17-year-old Brian Jose Arciles, of 2226 Fieldstone View Lane. Arciles was charged with robbery and the juvenile has been charged with robbery and battery.
Rockdale County Sheriff Eric Levett credited the stepped up enforcement efforts along the Salem Road corridor for the quick response of the deputies.
“With the large presence of deputies already in the Salem Road area due to the ongoing task force, we were able to quickly swarm the area of the robbery and arrest the two suspects,” he stated in a press release Tuesday after the first two arrests.
At the end of November, the Sheriff’s Office began increasing enforcement of the Salem Road area for the holiday season. That area has consistently been a high-crime area. The RCSO is partnering with other local and state law enforcement agencies, including the Conyers Police Department, Georgia State Patrol and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, to perform concentrated enforcement efforts, road checks and other proactive activities.
According to a virtual town hall meeting hosted Thursday by the Rockdale County Sherrif’s Office, the RCSO has made 91 arrests and 763 traffic stops since beginning the increased enforcement on Nov. 25. Of those 763 traffic stops, 192 received citations while the majority received warnings. In addition, the RCSO has recovered a number of drugs and one stolen tag.