$20,000 Getaway, Bank Robbery Bomb Threat and Police Impersonator Top Regional News

Here are some big stories from nearby towns and counties.

Atlanta Police Investigators have released a photo of a key suspect in an armed robbery that netted $20,000. A reward of up to $2,000 is being offered for information leading to the arrest and indictment of the person or persons responsible.

According to APD officers, "on 02/13/2013 at 12:20 PM, two suspects robbed the victim at gunpoint at 1960 Perkerson Road SW." The department has said that the victim works for some sort of ATM delivery service and "picks-up and delivers money for ATM machines."

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Bomb Threat Made in Bank Robbery - Duluth Patch

Gwinnett County Police are looking for a man who is suspected of robbing a Chase Bank Monday, Feb. 18, after indicating that he had a bomb.

According to a press release emailed Tuesday afternoon, police spokesman Cpl. Jake Smith said the robbery was reported at the Chase Bank at 3780 Old Norcross Road in unincorporated Duluth around 1:15 p.m. Monday.

"The suspect gave a note to a teller indicating that he had a bomb and wanted money," Smith wrote.

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Sheriff: Legislation Will Help Criminals Who 'Poison Our Loved Ones With Illicit Drugs' - Barrow Patch

Barrow County Sheriff Jud Smith has asked citizens to contact legislators regarding a bill he says would negatively impact law enforcement efforts to curtail the drug trade.

"One of the most valuable tools we have in law enforcement that really does affect the illicit drug dealers and other criminals who reap the rewards of tax free profits has been our search and seizure laws," Smith said. 

"This year in the legislature there is an effort in your General Assembly that will make it much more difficult for law enforcement across the state to seize and condemn the money and proceeds of criminals," he added. "It is known as HOUSE BILL 1 and it is 92 pages long. This bill attacks our current search and seizure laws which have been upheld in appellate courts. This bill will do nothing but help those criminals who profit from poisoning our loved ones with illicit drugs."

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- Dacula Patch

Rep. Paul Broun (R-GA-10) visited Dacula City Hall Tuesday evening for a town hall meeting attended by approximately 65 people. The meeting, held in a question and answer format, covered a wide range of topics, chief among them the Second Amendment.

“The Second Amendment is what protects all the rest of our liberty. It is critical that we maintain private ownership of firearms,” Broun said.

Dacula Patch has more on this story.


Buford Man Reportedly Claims to Be Officer Working out of Nonexistent GCPD Precinct - Buford Patch

A Buford man was arrested on Feb. 16 after reportedly claiming he was a Gwinnett County Police officer.

Sugarloaf Mills security contacted the Gwinnett County Police Department (GCPD) after an employee of Bass Pro reported that another employee of the store had identified himself as a police officer. A GCPD officer located the man, later identified as Zachariah Henry, 27, of Buford, wearing a baseball cap with "POLICE" across the front. Henry was also wearing a holstered Glock 22, handcuffs, two loaded magazines and a gold-plated badge which appeared to be similar to a Gwinnett County Police badge.

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