Suspect in custody for pawn shop burglary in Forsyth

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CUMMING -- A 30-year-old DeKalb man is in Forsyth County Jail and a warrant has been taken out for his reported accomplice in an alleged pawn shop robbery May 12 that ended with a getaway car smashed into a home on Dahlonega Highway.

Christopher Walton of Stone Mountain is being held in Forsyth County jail on a nearly $31,000 bond for 15 charges including burglary and attempting to elude police. He was arrested at Grady Hospital in Atlanta May 14, where he was taken by a resident who lived on Dahlonega Highway.

Cumming police have also taken out a warrant for another man, 30-year-old Julius Buchanan, also of DeKalb County.

Sgt. Scott Burgess, a spokesman with the Cumming Police Department, said Buchanan has already contacted one of the many agencies working on the case about turning himself in.

“He knows he’s wanted,” he said.

More warrants are possible for two more suspects, Burgess said.

Burgess said Walton was injured from the earlier accident and paid a resident for a ride, telling the man he’d been beaten up after hiding beneath a nearby home through the night.

Capt. Frank Huggins, a spokesman with the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office, said deputies learned of Walton’s trip to Grady while canvassing Dahlonega Highway residents. He’ll likely be charged by Atlanta police for giving a false name to a police officer.

Walton had reportedly been hurt after a 100-mph-plus chase through the streets of Cumming early May 12 when city police interrupted a burglary at Forsyth County Pawn on Ga. 9.

Two men inside the store ran off, while police chased a 2006 Dodge Magnum at the scene to Dahlonega Highway where it left the road and hit a house. The ensuing manhunt resulted in the lockdown of three nearby schools, but everything was normal by lunch, said Huggins.

Burgess said police have recovered all the merchandise stolen in the robbery, including more than 50 guns and various pieces of jewelry.

“It would have been more than 100 if it weren’t for the alarm,” he said.

Burgess added evidence on scene has linked the crew that hit the pawn shop to an April 27 burglary of high-end electronic items from Cumming business American Radio and similar crimes in Covington, Milledgeville and Henry County. A multi-agency task force has worked on the case with help from authorities in Cumming, Forsyth County, Henry County, Covington, Milledgeville and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and GBI agents.

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