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RCSO creates task force to address Starship robberies

CONYERS — The Rockdale County Sheriff’s Office has created a joint task force comprised of local, state and federal agencies to address the recent armed robberies at Starship Enterprises locations throughout the metro Atlanta area, including the Sept. 12 robbery of the Conyers store.

According to a press release from the RCSO, the task force first met on Monday at the Sheriff’s Office to address the 13 armed robberies that have taken place at metro Atlanta Starship Enterprises locations since April.

Task force members include representatives from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), Clayton County Police Department, Conyers Police Department, Fulton County Police Department, Georgia Bureau of Investigation, Georgia State Board of Pardons and Parole, Rockdale County Emergency Operations Center, Rockdale County Sheriff’s Office and the U.S. Marshals Service.

“The creation of this task force is the first step to combine intelligence that has been gathered from the agencies investigating the previous 13 robberies at the Starship locations around the metro area,” said Sheriff Eric Levett in the press release. “The Starship business in Rockdale County has been the victim of two armed robberies this year and that is two too many.”

Levett pledged that the RCSO will allocate all available resources to identify and track down the suspect, who has shown that he is a dangerous criminal.

Investigator Michael Camp said in some cases there were customers in the stores at the time of the robberies, and the suspect robbed them, as well. In all of the robberies the suspect fled on foot.

Camp said there were no customers in the Conyers Starship at the time of the robbery earlier this month, but in the June robbery the suspect fired a shot at a customer who started to come in the front door of the business. The shot missed the customer but shattered the glass front door.

“This armed suspect has shown on multiple occasions that he is a dangerous individual that has no concern for human life or respect for property,” Sheriff Levett said. “This suspect was elevated recently to the Rockdale County Sheriff’s Office Most Wanted Suspect and the RCSO task force members will work around the clock until he is in custody.”

One lone suspect is believed to have committed all 13 armed robberies of the Starship Enterprises locations in the metro Atlanta area. The suspect is described as a black male with a light complexion, between 5 feet, 5 inches and 6 feet tall, and a thin build. This suspect has been observed wearing a black ski mask, dark hooded sweatshirt, blue jeans, and uses a handgun while committing crimes.

A cash reward of $5,000 is being offered by the ownership of Starship Enterprises for information that leads to the arrest of this suspect. Persons with information about the suspect are asked to contact Lt. Sonya Cordero with the Rockdale County Sheriff’s Office at 770-278-8152. Anonymous tips may also be submitted through Crime Stoppers Atlanta at 404-577-TIPS (8477) or at www.crimestoppersatlanta.org.