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Calhoun Police Link Coach Robbery to Atlanta Group

Oct 15, 2013 -- 6:43pm

By: Kevin Karel (WRGA News)

Police detectives continue to investigate the robbery of the “Coach” store at the Calhoun Premium Outlets last week in which more than $16,000 worth of designer merchandise was stolen.

Calhoun Police Lieutenant Tony Pyle says officers now believe the theft was committed by an organized crime group out of Atlanta, which could be responsible for similar crimes at retail stores throughout the I-75 corridor.

At about 1:30 a.m. last Friday three black male suspects wearing masks allegedly crashed a green Dodge Durango into the plate-glass window of the Coach store. Five other males then entered the store and in less than a minute the eight total suspects had stolen the merchandise and left the scene in a gold-colored SUV. Pyle says detectives now know the Dodge Durango, which was left inside the “Coach” store, was stolen from a man in Atlanta. Several pieces of evidence have been sent to the GBI Crime Lab but Pyle declined to say what they were.

Detectives have not yet determined any of the identities for the suspects in the crime group. Pyle said he believes if those responsible for the burglary were local Calhoun officers would have arrested them by now.

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