DULUTH - Lilburn police Tuesday night arrested two men believed to have stolen 53 firearms from a pawn shop.
Sgt. Tyler Thomas, Lilburn police spokesman, said Dwayne Allen Hickman, 17, and Jimar Shane O'Riley, 17, both from Duluth, are charged with single counts of armed robbery with additional pending state charges.
The two are believed to have stolen the weapons from the 4230 Lawrenceville Highway Mr. Pawn in Lilburn on Dec. 6, using a gun to force an employee to hand over the weapons.
A traffic stop made by Snellville police officer G. Perry lead to the arrest.
Perry stopped a driver Wednesday and during a search found a handgun determined to have been stolen in the armed robbery of Mr. Pawn.
Thomas said Snellville police continued the investigation, discovering how and where the weapon was sold to the driver.
"Without the determination of the Snellville Police Department we wouldn't be where we are today," said Thomas. "They took the extra steps and went the extra mile to solve this case."
Gwinnett County SWAT officers, agents from the Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives unit and officers from the Lilburn and Snellville police departments set up a "buy-bust" in a Lilburn parking lot and arrested the teens.
Thomas said Hickman and O'Riley arrived to sell the stolen weapons in a stolen car and in possession of 20 firearms allegedly stolen from Mr. Pawn.
Search warrants were obtained by Lilburn detectives for the Chevy Tahoe fitting the description of the SUV used in the pawn shop robbery as well as an apartment believed to be occupied by the alleged suspects.
Thomas said a single firearm was recovered from the vehicle and two were recovered from the suspects' Palisades Club apartment at 2255 Satellite Blvd. in Duluth.
"A total of 24 firearms were recovered," said Thomas. "And we will be continuing our investigations to track down the remaining weapons."
Police urge anyone with information about the firearms to call the Lilburn Police Department at 770-921-2211.