- Raisa Habersham The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
The FBI is searching for three men accused of robbing eight businesses in metro Atlanta and violently attacking employees.
Between Jan. 8 and Jan. 23, an armed robbery crew held employees at gunpoint, beat them, forced them to the ground and fired shots at them, FBI Atlanta spokesman Kevin Rowson said in a statement.
Rowson said there have been as many as three men involved in the armed robberies. In at least one of the robberies, a woman accompanied the men. However, it was not clear what her exact involvement was.
Surveillance footage released of a Jan. 14 robbery at a Family Dollar on West Avenue in Conyers showed two men walk in, point a gun at the cashier and force her to open the register. A woman wearing a gray sweater accompanied them. The two men in that case fired shots in the business.
Sandy Springs police also released footage of a Jan. 23 armed robbery at a Walgreens on Roswell Road that showed two men forcibly take a drawer from a cashier while a third stood watch at the entrance.
Other crimes in the metro area included:
• A Jan. 8 armed robbery at a Family Dollar located on Roosevelt Highway in Union City.
• A Jan. 12 armed robbery at a Family Dollar on Flat Shoals Road in Union City.
• A Jan. 18 armed robbery at a Waffle House on DeKalb Industrial Way in Decatur. FBI officials said a second armed robbery was committed that day at another location on Lavista Road in Tucker.
• A Jan. 19 armed robbery at a Family Dollar on Washington Road in East Point.
• A Jan. 23 armed robbery at a CVS Pharmacy on Peachtree Boulevard in Chamblee.
Officials said one man wore a black skull cap with a red scarf covering his face. He also wore a brown plaid jacket and black pants.
Authorities said another man wore a black mask, a black hoodie with the words “Been Broke Before,” and red sweat pants.
The third man was wearing a black fitted cap, a hoodie, gray pants with rips and black and white shoes.
Anyone with information on the armed robberies is encouraged to call the FBI or local authorities.
Tipsters can also remain anonymous, and be eligible for rewards of up to $2,000, by contacting Crime Stoppers Atlanta at 404-577-8477, texting information to 274637 or visiting crimestoppersatlanta.org.
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