By Nicole Burns
(Dacula, Ga.) — Gwinnett County Police officers responded to a robbery at the Publix in the 2000 block of Hamilton Mill Road in Dacula. While en route to the Publix, officers were re-directed by dispatchers to the Walmart on Sardis Church Road in Buford.
When officers arrived, they spoke with the male victim who said he was robbed while exiting the Publix nearby. The victim stated that he was approached by a middle-eastern man between 5’ 6” and 5’ 8” tall, weighing about 220 lbs. and wearing a black shirt. Accompanying the male suspect was a woman about 5’ 5”, weighing about 180 lbs. and wearing a black dress and a colorful head-wrap.
The couple asked the victim for money and the victim told them he did not have any money. The couple continued to ask him and even said that they could trade jewelry in exchange for U.S. currency. The victim told the couple that he was not interested in the jewelry.
The female suspect then reached out and placed a necklace around the victim’s neck even though he was already wearing one. He once again told her he was not interested. As she removed the necklace that she had just presented to the victim for “trade,” she apparently removed the victim’s necklace as well. She then ran to a nearby black SUV, either a Honda CRV or Toyota RAV-4, and entered the passenger side.
Upon realizing that his necklace had been taken, the victim approached the diver’s side of the SUV when the male suspect then tossed a gold necklace, a bracelet, and a ring at him. The suspects then sped away from the scene. The victim stated that the jewelry tossed at him was not his.
The victim followed the suspects, stopping and checking every black SUV he saw on Hamilton Mill Parkway. He drove south on I-85, exiting at Buford Dr. He then got back on I-85 heading north, exited at Hamilton Mill and proceeded to the Walmart off of Sardis Church Road hoping to find the suspects there. It was at that point that the victim called the police.
This case is still under investigation. If anyone has any information, please call the Gwinnett County Police Department’s north precinct at (678) 442-5002. Reference case #190045610.