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Cops: Antique Japanese gun used in robbery

SNELLVILLE -- Police say two Gwinnett armed robbery suspects employed an unusual weapon -- a pre-World War II Japanese handgun -- in ripping off an alleged drug dealer this week.

Investigators believe Callie Goolsby, 22, of Stone Mountain, and Casey Wiechman, 20, of Snellville, arranged the robbery under the guise of a marijuana deal Tuesday night in the parking lot of a Kroger on U.S. Highway 78 in Snellville.

A witness called police after hearing the victim and alleged dealer, Christopher Ovesen, 24, of Lawrenceville, screaming, "He has a gun!" in the parking lot. Pressed to Ovesen's head was an antique Nambu, the preferred handgun of the Imperial Japanese Army, according to arrest warrants.

Ovesen told police he was sitting in Goolsby's 2000 Acura TL hashing out some life issues she'd been having when Wiechman approached the car and put the gun to his head, demanding money. Goolsby later told investigators all three had met in the parking lot for a drug transaction, a Gwinnett police report states.

The alleged robbers had left the scene when Ovesen gave police Goolsby's cell phone number. Police called her and requested she return to the scene. All three were arrested, the report states.

Police reportedly found the handgun and less than an ounce of marijuana in the Acura. The suspects gave no indication where the antique weapon was obtained.

Facing drug and loitering for the purpose of drug activity charges, Ovesen posted $7,000 bond and was released Wednesday from the Gwinnett County Jail.

Goolsby and Wiechman remain jailed without bond on charges of armed robbery, marijuana possession and loitering for the purpose of drug activity.