Armored car robbery, chase ends in Gwinnett

OAKWOOD -- Suspects in a Hall County armored car robbery led law enforcement agencies on a high-speed chase Wednesday morning that ended with a crash near Buford.

The four suspects scattered from a gray SUV that had skidded into a creek off Woodward Mill Road near Satellite Boulevard. They were apprehended minutes later, authorities said.

The robbery happened at 10:06 a.m. in a Walmart parking lot, about 12 miles north of Gwinnett in the city of Oakwood. Three male suspects approached a Loomis armored truck making a cash delivery and snatched an undisclosed amount of cash from the armed driver, said Oakwood police Chief Randall Moon.

"She didn't pull her firearm," Moon said of the driver.

Moon doesn't believe the suspects were armed. No injuries were reported.

The suspects fled in the SUV, with another person driving, to southbound I-985 and exited at Ga. Highway 20. Oakwood police sent out a vehicle description and tag number to the Hall County Sheriff's Office, Georgia State Patrol and Gwinnett police, who spotted the vehicle and pursued.

The SUV crashed about 1 miles from the highway exit, Moon said. The fourth suspect remains at large. Police withheld that suspect's description and identity, confident they know who they're looking for.

As a precaution, Roberts Elementary School in Buford was put on lockdown, along with a nearby subdivision, WSBTV reported.

Authorities did not release the names of the three apprehended suspects Wednesday. Moon said they were not from Hall County. Each has been charged with robbery and remains at the Hall County Jail.

The chief believes the Walmart was targeted at random. His city of 4,600 bordering Gainesville deals with only two or three robberies per year.

"Robberies are unusual," Moon said. "It's not something we deal with on a daily basis."

Authorities are investigating the possibility of connections between the suspects and similar crimes.