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Suspect now tied to seven armed robberies in past month

Suspect now tied to seven armed robberies in past month

GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga -- A serial robber isn't making it hard for police to tie all of his robberies together. So far police believe the suspect has robbed seven gas stations or drug stores since December 10, 2013.

Five different police agencies have tied the cases together from surveillance video and descriptions from victims and witnesses in the seven robberies.

He walks into the stores and demands money from the clerk and then walks out with only a handful of cash. Police said he is rarely violent. In one robbery he knocked over a display case when the clerk didn't comply with his demands.

3 MS-13 members sentenced to life in prison

3 MS-13 members sentenced to life in prison

ATLANTA -- Three members of the MS-13 gang have been sentenced to life in prison for committing murders in two counties.

Ernesto Escobar, 30, of Norcross was sentenced Thursday in federal court. He goes by the street names "Flaco" and "Pink Panther."

Two co-defendants -- 25-year-old Miguel "Joker" Alvarado-Linares of Norcross and 30-year-old Dimas "Toro" Alfaro-Granados of Duluth -- were sentenced in October.

U.S. Attorney Sally Quillian Yates said the three men were charged with murder, attempted murder and armed robbery for several incidents in DeKalb and Gwinnett counties.

Evidence presented in court showed Alvarado-Linares and Alfaro-Granados killed a fellow MS-13 member in October 2006 because they believed the victim was cooperating with police.

Car break-in suspects arrested in Ala.

Car break-in suspects arrested in Ala.

PELHAM, Ala. -- Investigators believe two men arrested in Alabama last month are responsible for multiple car break-ins in metro Atlanta.

Oscar Moses Badger, 37, and Bobby Hanna, 24, were arrested Nov. 14 in Pelham, Ala. Police said they were caught trying to break into a car in a daycare center parking lot. They led Alabama authorities on a brief chase, but were soon captured.

Cherokee County (Ga.) Sheriff's Lt. Jay Baker said investigators believe Badger and Hanna are behind at least six car break-ins at local parks and daycare centers in early November.

They may also be responsible for thefts in Gwinnett County and Peachtree City, Baker said.

Badger and Hanna are both from south Florida. At their time of their Alabama arrest, they were out of jail on bond for similar crimes in Pennsylvania and Texas. Because of this, they are being held on $2 million bond.

Lilburn teen arrested for hiding weapon near school

Lilburn teen arrested for hiding weapon near school

LILBURN, Ga. -- A 17-year-old Berkmar High School student was arrested after stashing a gun in some bushes near the campus.

Demarcus Connell Lewis Jr. was charged with being a person under 18 in possession of a pistol or revolver.

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A witnessed told Lilburn police that on Wednesday, she saw a young man hide a pistol in some bushes adjacent to her workplace, which is next to the Berkmar High campus.

Investigators found the unloaded gun in the bushes and used surveillance video to identify Lewis as the student who placed it there, according to Lilburn police spokesperson Nikki Perry.

Cobb couple indicted for murdering grandfather

Cobb couple indicted for murdering grandfather

MABLETON, Ga. -- Two Mableton residents were indicted by a Cobb County Grand Jury for stabbing an elderly man to death.

Casey Collins and Sarah Cook face charges of murder, aggravated assault, armed robbery and concealing a death in the May 2013 death of 78-year-old Edward Smith of Lilburn.

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Cobb County District Attorney Vic Reynolds said 30-year-old Collins and 23-year-old Cook strangled Smith with a belt and stabbed him in his truck. The victim was Collins' grandfather.

Both suspects are being held without bond in the Cobb County Jail. Their arraignment dates have not yet been set.

2 men rob Lilburn package store

2 men rob Lilburn package store

LILBURN, Ga. -- Lilburn Police are looking for two men suspected of robbing a package store last week.

The robbery happened June 27 at Depot Bottle Shop on Lawrenceville Highway.

Surveillance video captured images of the suspects, described as two black men. One was wearing a hockey mask, while the other wore a baseball cap and had his face covered with a bandana.

Lilburn Police spokesperson Nikki Perry said video from a nearby business showed one of the suspects in the back of the Pawn Mart next door for several minutes before the robbery.

Anyone with information in this case is asked to call 911 or Lilburn Police at 770-638-2220.

Death penalty reinstated for convicted killer

Death penalty reinstated for convicted killer

LILBURN, Ga. -- The Georgia Supreme Court has reversed a lower court's ruling and reinstated the death penalty for the man convicted of a 1993 murder.

The high court's decision for Michael Wade Nance was released Monday.

The chain of events leading up to the Dec. 18, 1993 murder began with a bank robbery. According to information presented in court, Nance stole a car and drove it to the Tucker Federal Bank in Lilburn, which he robbed at gunpoint.

The bank teller slipped two dye packs into the cash she gave Nance. The packs exploded inside the car, emitting red dye and tear gas. Nance abandoned the car and ran across Indian Trail Road to a package store, where Gabor Balogh was backing his car out of a parking space.

A witness said Nance yanked open Balogh's car door and shot him in the left elbow. The bullet ricocheted into Balogh's chest, hit his heart and lodged in his liver. He died at the scene.