Thursday, April 25, 2013

Tanger burglary investigated as gang crime

McDONOUGH — One of 10 alleged gang members police say are responsible for a massive "smash and grab" burglary at a Locust Grove outlet store is now in custody in Henry County.

Marcus Rozier, 17, of Atlanta was booked into Henry County Jail Saturday on charges of burglarizing Polo Ralph Lauren at Tanger Outlets in December.

Rozier, a purported member of the notorious Atlanta-based street gang 30 Deep, is also charged with a single count of criminal street gang activity.

Police have obtained warrants for five suspects, including Rozier, Locust Grove Police Detective David Donehoo said, adding that there are 10 suspects in all.

According to Donehoo, the band of thieves gained entry into the building by ramming a stolen pickup truck into the rolling security doors at the front of the store, then made away with about $30,000 in merchandise.

Damages to the building itself were estimated at $90,000, Donehoo said Tuesday.

The truck, which had been reported stolen from an Atlanta location the previous day, was abandoned on I-75 near mile marker 212, and was later recovered by Henry County police.

The detective said he is working with the Atlanta Police Department's gang intelligence unit on the case.

Most of the suspects are already in jail in other counties, he said.

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