clear
Sunday May 24th, 2015 9:13PM

Van used in Cornelia smash and grab recovered in Atlanta

By Rob Moore Reporter
Related Articles
CORNELIA - Thieves used an unusual tool to break into a Cornelia business overnight - a stolen church van.

"About 12:10 this morning, a witness observed a white church van pull in the parking lot of Gene's Pawn Shop and make a circle around and then quickly back into the pawn shop with the van, knocking the front door down," Cornelia Police Chief Rick Darby said.

The pawn shop is located on Old Cleveland Road at the intersection of Wayside Street, across from CVS.

Upon knocking down the building's entrance, thieves quickly stole assorted firearms and portable computers.

"When they knocked the front door down and the witness saw it, he immediately called law enforcement but within probably two minutes they were able to take 20 guns and six laptops and flee and get away," Darby said.

"The officers' response time was two minutes," Darby said. "As a matter of fact, the officers responded before the alarm went off - that's how quick they got there."

Darby said the alert citizen was able to get the name of the southwest Atlanta church and a vehicle description.

Cornelia officers called and found out the van had been stolen.

"This morning we found out that it also had been involved in a smash and grab in southwest Atlanta," Darby said. "The van has been found, and it's being processed by Atlanta P.D. and the suspects are still at large."
© Copyright 2015 AccessNorthGa.com
All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without permission.
Grass fire impacts rush hour traffic on 985
Rush hour traffic on I-985 was slowed by a grass fire Wednesay afternoon with one lane closed while firefighters fought the blaze.
10:19PM ( 4 months ago )
Judge denies motions to move, delay Tsarnaev trial
Lawyers for Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev asked a federal appeals court Wednesday to overturn a judge's decision to not move his upcoming trial out of state.
10:02PM ( 4 months ago )
Sheriff: Man shot 2 on I-85 because he wanted car
A 22-year-old man shot two people who stopped to give him a ride on Interstate 85 in South Carolina on Christmas Eve because he wanted their car to drive to Georgia, a sheriff said Wednesday.
5:21PM ( 4 months ago )
Local/State News
Author to sign new Cobb book at museum in Royston
Ty Cobb or the Georgia Peach has a posthumous legacy of having been a surly guy.
6:34PM ( 2 hours ago )
Body found in Chattahoochee River identified
Forsyth County authorities identified the body pulled from the Chattahoochee River late Saturday afternoon.
By Staff
5:13PM ( 4 hours ago )
Boat Sinks near Van Pugh Park
A boat sank near Van Pugh Park Sunday. 7 persons were on board. There were no injuries.
2:14PM ( 6 hours ago )
Winder police bust marijuana grow operation
A illegal marijuana grow operation was uncovered in Winder last Wednesday, leading to the arrests of five people.
6:58AM ( 14 hours ago )
History and Heritage at Ft. Hollingsworth
North Georgia's sunny sky and comfortable temperatures brought out the visitors Saturday to the 20th Annual 'Day at the Fort' at Fort Hollingsworth, nestled in the rolling Banks County countryside near Alto.
7:34PM ( 1 day ago )