CONYERS — A convenience store clerk’s 911 call led to the arrest of a burglary suspect who had been the subject of a manhunt by the Rockdale County Sheriff’s Office.
Kevin Grant Railey, 46, of Stone Mountain, was taken into custody shortly after 9 a.m. Friday. He was the second suspect in a Wednesday burglary in the Limberlost Farms neighborhood in south Rockdale.
According to the Rockdale County Sheriff’s Office, Railey entered a convenience store in the Ga. Highway 138 area Friday morning shortly before 7 a.m. The store clerk thought he was acting suspiciously and believed he could be the suspect that authorities were seeking in connection with Wednesday’s burglary.
Deputies responded to the clerk’s 911 call and set up a perimeter in the area. They were assisted by the Conyers Police Department and Georgia State Patrol. The CPD tracking K-9 was brought in and the suspect was found at about 9 a.m. lying on the ground in woods near the store. According to the RCSO, Railey surrendered without further incident.
The search for Railey began Wednesday afternoon when a resident of LimberLost Farms subdivision called 911 to report a suspicious van driving slowly through the neighborhood. Deputies responded and found the van parked at a house on Foxfire Crossing.
Investigator Michael Camp said when deputies arrived it was apparent that the burglars were still in the house and several items of value appeared to have already been placed in the van.
Other deputies were called to the area and they set up a perimeter and deployed K-9 units to track the suspects. Aerial support from the DeKalb County Police Department and Georgia State Patrol was also provided.
Fletcher Paul Smith Jr., 49, of 3270 Glen Echo Drive, Decatur, was arrested around 3:30 p.m. He has been charged with burglary, giving false name and identity fraud.
Authorities identified the second suspect as Railey but were unable to locate him until Friday morning. Railey faces charges of burglary, giving false name and identity fraud.
“The apprehension of this second burglary suspect illustrates the dedication to the control of crime and apprehension of criminals that is the focus of everyone at the Rockdale County Sheriff’s Office,” said Sheriff Eric Levett.