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Citizen tips lead to arrest of pawn shop burglary suspect

Police continue to search for armed robber of another pawn shop

CONYERS — An 18-year-old burglary suspect was arrested early Friday morning after two citizens called 911 to report they saw someone trying to break into a local pawn shop.

Just before 2:30 a.m., Rockdale County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a prowler call at Fieldstone Pawn located at 2315 Iris Drive.

According to a press release from the Sheriff’s Office, two different 911 callers told dispatchers that they could see someone inside the fence surrounding the pawn shop. When deputies arrived and began surrounding the property, the suspect attempted to run. While he was able to get outside the fence, the man was quickly apprehended by deputies waiting on the other side.

“Responding deputies were quick to set up a containment perimeter surrounding the business, which prevented the suspect from getting away once deputies moved in to take him into custody,” said Sheriff Eric Levett. “The two alert callers are to be praised for their quick calls to 911 to get the RCSO on the way. This is another great example of law-abiding citizens and the RCSO working together to catch criminals and to make our county safe.”

Deputies arrested Ahren Marquise Jones of 2137 Fairway Ct. Jones is in the Rockdale County Jail facing charges of criminal attempt to commit burglary, possession of tools for commission of a crime, false statements/writings, and loitering and prowling.

In other news, police continue to look for a man who robbed a pawn shop while holding two employees at gunpoint.

Sometime around 5 p.m. Monday, two employees of Georgia Auto Pawn located at 1730 Ga. Highway 138 were preparing the day’s deposit when a man they thought was a customer walked in.

One of the employees told Conyers Police Department Officer Justin Lykins that “she froze as she began to greet him because she could not see his face,” the incident report states.

The suspect, who was wearing a ski mask, told one employee to sit against the wall.

“He demanded money and told both of them to just give it to him and they would see their families again,” the report states.

He ordered the second employee to give him all the money from the tills and then made her sit against the wall as well.

“He told them not to follow him and exited the business through the front door,” Lykins reported.

After the man left, the employees called 911. Officers arrived and deployed a K9 officer to try to track the suspect behind the business and toward Flat Shoals Road; however, officers were unable to locate him.

The witnesses described the suspect as being about 6 feet, 2 inches tall, slim, wearing a royal blue nylon jacket with a hood and black pants. They told police that the man “spoke very evenly and plainly.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Conyers Police Department at 770-483-6600