GPS cellphone leads to PTC robbers

Mon, 10/27/2008 - 2:49pm
By: The Citizen

Victim robbed at PTC Kedron Wachovia while making night deposit

Two men suspected of robbing a local store employee making a night deposit at the Kedron Wachovia Saturday night were arrested soon after by police in College Park, police said Monday afternoon.

One of the suspects pulled a pistol on the employee, who was making an after hours deposit for the Rue 21 clothing store, and demanded the victim’s cellphone, car keys and the money bag, police said.

Turns out the cellphone provided the big break in the case, as its GPS technology led College Park police to a parking lot where the suspects’ car was, police said. The car matched the description given by a witness who saw the armed suspect enter a burgundy four-door vehicle after he ran toward Peachtree Parkway and World Drive, police said.

After College Park police approached the vehicle in the parking lot, a chase ensued and according to other media reports one or both suspects shot at police during the chase.

The chase ended in a crash in East Point, police said. Though both suspects fled on foot they were quickly apprehended, police said.

The suspects were identified as Eric Pheotis Moore, 37, of Jonesboro and Rodrick Levar Wheeler, 31, of Atlanta. Both will face armed robbery charges once they are released by College Park authorities, police said.

Immediately after the incident Peachtree City police broadcast a “be on the lookout” warning to area police agencies with a description of the car, police said.

The victim’s cell phone company, Sprint, was also contacted, and it was Sprint that notified College Park officers about the phone’s GPS “hit” on their computer system, police said.

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Submitted by h2otom on Tue, 10/28/2008 - 10:56am.

Don't chip these fine citizens,they shot at police, put a bullet in them,maybe other thugs will get the mesage.

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Submitted by sniffles5 on Tue, 10/28/2008 - 12:40pm.

Personally, I am more than content to let law enforcement do their job and round up the bad guys and let the court system do their job and determine guilt/innocence and punishment.

"Frontier Justice" is a concept that is obsolete in today's society. Not to mention the fact that the thought of a documented hothead like FCSO's Thomas Mindar having a "license to kill" sorta makes my blood run cold.

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Submitted by cyclecircuit on Mon, 10/27/2008 - 4:17pm.

Yeah; and while we're at it why don't we just inject that chip under the skin of all those pesky criminals or better yet just put a chip in everyone, like maybe at birth or something, cause, unless your guilty of something, you got nothin to worry about, right?

Submitted by Arf on Mon, 10/27/2008 - 3:11pm.

Love it. Give us all GPS chips so we can track these bums!

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