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3 arrested in Christmas Eve robbery set up via Craigslist

Dequavious Reynolds

Dequavious Reynolds

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Jimmy Austin

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Kaelin Childs

DULUTH — Three teenagers have been arrested in a Christmas Eve robbery set up through Craigslist.

According to a Duluth police incident report, the adult victim had listed his Apple laptop on Craigslist and traded text messages with a potential buyer. They set up a meeting at the Bank of America at 2608 Pleasant Hill Road.

At about 1 p.m. on Christmas Eve, the deal went awry.

“(The victim) stated that the suspect walked up to him and immediately snatched the laptop out of his hand,” the responding officer wrote. “The suspect ran towards the back of Aldi Supermarket.”

The victim ran after the male and was joined by an off-duty deputy, Duluth police said. They gave a license plate number and description of the suspect vehicle to a officer they flagged down.

The officer reportedly attempted to locate the suspect vehicle down a long stretch of Pleasant Hill Road before spotting it pulling out of Shorty Howell Park and occupied by three black men. He conducted a traffic stop and waited for three other squad cars to arrive.

The suspects were ordered via speaker to come out of the vehicle one at a time.

“Each suspect did what he was told,” the report said. “We were able to apprehend all three suspects at gunpoint without incident.”

Police recovered the laptop, as well as a “small bag of green leafy substance,” in the car. All three males were arrested and charged with robbery and marijuana possession. They were identified as Jimmy Shakeel Austin, 19, of Lithonia; Dequavious Reynolds, 18, of Ellenwood; and Kaelin Bernard Childs, 18, of Ellenwood.

Gwinnett County jail records show Bernard and Childs were later released on $12,500 bond. As of Thursday afternoon, Austin remained incarcerated.

The laptop was returned to its owner.