“This was definitely planned out,” Dobbs said. “They were in and out in less than a minute. We haven’t had any organized crews like this.”
According to a surveillance video, a black sport utility vehicle pulled to the front of the store at about 6:45 a.m. on Dec. 31. Three men wearing all black clothing got out of the SUV and were met by another man wearing khaki pants and a blue shirt walking from the direction of Great Clips.
While one of the men reportedly used a crow bar to pry open the front door, the man wearing the khaki pants walked back toward Great Clips.
The man who forced the door open walked inside the store, leaving the crow bar with another man who retrieved a laundry basket from the SUV, Dobbs said.
The third man got back inside the vehicle and waited for the other two men to come out of the store. The man with the laundry basket then followed the first man into the AT&T store. The two men walked to the rear of the store, kicked the manager’s office door open and attempted to kick open the inventory door when one man answered his cell phone.
“We believe he received a warning call,” Dobbs said. “They obviously have lookouts or scanners or something.”
The men then fled the scene before police arrived after the initial alarm sounded.
“There’s no doubt it’s a group who knows what they are doing,” Dobbs said. “The suspects even covered their faces in front of the security cameras.”
Dobbs said he believes the group is experienced in robbing AT&T stores specifically.
“I doubt this is their first time doing it,” Dobbs said. “They’ve probably hit more AT&T stores.”
Though Dobbs said he is unsure which other locations have been broken into, he believes a similar Villa Rica incident could possibly be related.
“It sounds like it could be the same crew,” Dobbs said.
Villa Rica sales representative Arshila Pabani confirmed there have been multiple AT&T stores broken into recently, including the Villa Rica branch.
“It was a couple months back,” Pabani said. “The men came into the store with a garbage can. The alarm went off and they couldn’t get into the secured area.”
During Pabani’s description of the break-in, she emphasized the speed of the operation.
“The police responded quickly,” she said. “They went through some of the drawers but nothing was missing.”
Dobbs said he does not believe the men involved were local. Instead, he said the group most likely came to Carrollton with the intent to rob the store.
Police are still unsure why the Carrollton store was targeted or what the men were trying to locate since nothing appeared to be missing.