Robbery suspect captured in N.C.

•LILBURN - A 21-year-old Norcross man wanted in connection with a convenience store robbery was captured Tuesday in North Carolina.

Authorities said tips from media coverage of the robbery at Phillips 66 at 5044 Lawrenceville Highway helped identify the suspect as Christopher Darnell Thomas. Thomas was arrested around noon during a traffic stop in Gaston County, N.C., said Sgt. Tyler Thomas of Lilburn Police.

Christopher Thomas will be brought back to Gwinnett County to face an armed robbery charge, police said.

Norcross robbery attempt foiled

•NORCROSS - An inept robbery attempt failed Monday when the suspect became locked in a small hallway in Atlanta Check Cashiers at 5271 Jimmy Carter Boulevard.

The suspect walked into the business at 11:50 p.m. and followed a night manager through a restricted access door, according to a police report. The door locked behind them, leaving the pair in a small hallway which leads to a second door, that can only be unlocked from the other side. While in the hallway, the robber brandished a gun and demanded the other employees buzz open the rear door.

The other workers realized it was a robbery and refused to open the door, instead calling the police. The suspect became increasingly angry when no one would let him in. He began kicking the door and yelling "open the door or I will shoot him!"

Eventually the man gave up and left through the same door he had entered. Nothing was taken and no one was injured in the incident. The suspect is described as a black man between 18 and 30 years old wearing a red baseball cap and black jacket.

Mushroom lab found in Buford

•BUFORD - Police investigating a domestic abuse complaint Friday stumbled upon a hidden lab for growing hallucinogenic mushrooms.

A woman residing on Elliott Street told police her boyfriend, 34-year-old Baron Von Ellis of Buford, grabbed her and pushed her down. An officer tried to go inside to talk with Ellis, but he couldn't get anyone to answer the door because heavy metal music was blaring so loudly inside "you could barely hear yourself think," according to the police report.

The officer finally opened the unlocked front door and walked inside to find a highly intoxicated man sitting in a chair just a few feet away. The man pointed the officer toward a bathroom when asked about Ellis. Ellis was located inside the bathroom vomiting, the report said.

Police then continued to search the residence for any other suspects or victims. In a back room, they found a pressure cooker, several plastic gallon jugs, two large plastic coolers, fertilizer and measuring cups. There were also numerous mushrooms in the living room area.

Ellis' girlfriend told officers that he was growing hallucinogenic mushrooms. Ellis was arrested.

- From staff reports