Men wanted in string of Atlanta robberies caught in the act in Augusta

By: Lynnsey Gardner Email
By: Lynnsey Gardner Email

December 1, 2006

Richmond County deputies may have solved a string of robberies in Atlanta by catching up with two men on their latest chicken run.

Now one man is in jail, and another is on the loose.

The Richmond County Sheriff's Office says the two men are believed to be the same men wanted in connection with several Chick-fil-A robberies in Atlanta.

It was a busy night on Washington Road, with three attempted robberies within one mile.

"The subjects, armed with mask and weapons, broke into businesses and attempted to rob the patrons inside," Sgt. Richard Roundtree told News 12.

And at Chick-fil-A the employees missed the robbers by seconds.

"Chick-fil-A employees are very fortunate because they were unaware they were attempted to be robbed," Sgt. Roundtree said.

That's because they went out the front door at the same time the robbers broke in the back. So the two masked men headed up the road to the Lone Star Cafe to give it another go...but witnesses spotted the two men and called police.

"A vehicle chase ensued, and officers were able to get the vehicle to pull over," Sgt. Roundtree said. "Both subjects fled from the vehicle and one subject was taken into custody."

20-year-old Bernard Anthony Simpson is in jail. His accomplice is still on the run. And their truck is tying them to several other chicken robberies 100 miles away.

"We found out the vehicle had been stolen out of Atlanta, and then learned these two suspects are possibly wanted in connection to several other Chick-fil A robberies in the Atlanta area," Sgt. Roundtree said. "We will be working in the next few days, one, to identify the second suspect, and two, to see how far the rash of robberies go back."

Investigators say the men also have used a unique high-powered handgun that is being used to tie them to several other Chick-fil-A robberies in the last month.

While the Chick-fil-A employees didn't see the men, investigators are still able to link them to the other robberies.

The employees returned in response to the alarm for the attempted burglary, and once they watched the surveillance tape they saw with their own eyes that they were exiting at the same moment the robbers were entering. The robbers actually ran out the back to rob them in the parking lot, but they drove off without hearing a thing.

There have been two attempted break-ins at the Cane's Chicken on Washington Road, and investigators are working to determine if the same two men are behind those chicken crimes as well.

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