Two men steal firearms from Lilburn pawn shop

LILBURN - Lilburn police are searching for two men believed to be responsible for a pawn shop robbery that resulted in the theft of about 50 firearms.

The incident occurred Wednesday morning at Mr. Pawn, located at 4230 Lawrenceville Highway in Lilburn, said Lilburn police spokesman Sgt. Tyler Thomas.

Two masked black men possibly in their 20s entered the business carrying large handguns, Thomas said.

One of the men kept a gun pointed at an employee, while the other broke into the display cases and placed most of the guns in a bag, Thomas said.

Most were handguns, except for a shotgun and an assault rifle, Thomas said.

"It's certainly not comfortable to think that a couple of armed robbery suspects are in the possession of (about) 50 firearms," Thomas said. "It appears that cash was not targeted by the robbers. It looks like the main objective was firearms."

Thomas said officers responded to a silent panic alarm at the business at 10:48 a.m.

Officers were on the scene within four minutes, but the robbers had already gone. No injuries were reported.

The employee told police the men fled in a red-colored SUV, possibly a Nissan or Toyota, with a temporary drive-out tag that expired Dec. 5, Thomas said. The drive-out tag was blue with black lettering.

Thomas said Wednesday that serial numbers from all of the stolen guns were to be entered into national and state databases. Police have also contacted the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms.

No one at Mr. Pawn was available for comment on Wednesday.

Anyone with information leading to the arrest of the suspect is asked to call police at 770-921-2211.