A man suspected in a number of armed robberies in several jurisdictions was arrested by Fayette County Sheriff’s deputies on July 10, according to FCSO spokesman Josh Shelton.
On June 24, deputies responded to an armed robbery at the BP Gas Station at 1850 South Highway 85. The suspect had entered the store, produced a black handgun and demanded the cash in the register and several rolls of lottery tickets. Once the clerk complied, the perpetrator fled the store.
Detectives learned of 11 additional robberies around the metro-Atlanta area that were committed by the same individual.
On June 25, county investigators were in Conley, Georgia following up on leads from the robbery and encountered Lewis Flagg. Flagg was interviewed and consented to a search but was not detained or arrested at that time.
Investigators attended a meeting with other agencies having similar robberies where valuable information sharing took place. Fayette investigators’ original person of interest, Lewis Flagg, was determined to be the suspect which led to arrest warrants from multiple jurisdictions for these robberies.
Flagg was taken into custody on July 10 by the United States Marshals Southeast Regional Fugitive Task Force. Federal and state investigators suspected Flagg had assistance in committing some of these crimes. After several meetings and daily communication between agencies, Roderick Thornton was arrested by US Marshals and Gwinnett County Police on July 11 and charged with armed robbery.
According to Shelton, several agencies contributed to the investigation and arrests of Flagg and Thornton including The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, Sandy Springs Police Department, Chamblee Police Department, Cobb County Police, Gwinnett County Police, Rockdale County Sheriff’s Office, Locust Grove Police Department, Atlanta Police Department, Lilburn Police Department, and the Suwanee Police Department.
"This is what happens when we all put our heads together,” said Fayette County Sheriff Barry Babb. “ We were working off of very little evidence, but because of the information sharing of all of the agencies we were able to put the pieces of the puzzle together. It was great teamwork and we operate here at the Sheriff's Office as a team, but I will have to single out our Detective Josh Shelton on a job well done."