PTC PeachMac store rammed, burglarized, high-speed chase halted

More than $20,000 of computers and related items were stolen in a brazen ram-and-grab burglary at the PeachMac store at The Avenue in Peachtree City around 2:30 Wednesday morning, police said.

An officer on patrol in the area initially gave chase to at least one of the two vehicles that was seen leaving the shopping center, but the pursuit was terminated because the suspect was driving recklessly at a high speed with “complete disregard for the safety of others,” police said.

The pursuit began in the area of Ga. Highway 54 and Stevens Entry, and that vehicle went north on Peachtree Parkway. The pursuing officer reached speeds of around 70 mph trying to catch up to the vehicle, but the chase was called off on north Peachtree Parkway, police said.

The second vehicle was spotted by a Fayette County Sheriff's Deputy, sparking a pursuit on Ga. Highway 54 back into Fayetteville, north on Ga. Highway 85 and ultimately back toward Interstate 85 in Union City where it ended with the suspects getting away, with speeds upwards of 100 mph on roads that were slick from the rain, said Maj. Bryan Woodie of the Fayette County Sheriff's Office.

The sheriff's deputy, who had heard the description of the vehicles, was entering Peachtree City on Ga. Highway 54 when the second suspect's vehicle was spotted and that pursuit began, Woodie said.

The burglars gained entry to the store by ramming one of the vehicles through the front entrance, police said.

One of the vehicles was described as a white compact vehicle and the other a tan or silver mid-size vehicle, police said.

Police investigators are following up on several different leads tied to the case, officials said. Anyone with information on this incident is asked to contact the city’s criminal investigations division at 770-631-2510 or the city’s crime and narcotics information hotline at 770-487-6010. Callers may remain anonymous.

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Elected Sheriffs

Lot of this is exactly why Sheriffs should just do their constitutional duty revolving around court duties & running a jail. We hire a police chief and don't hold elections for town marshals. There would be more accountability from top to bottom w/ a county police force. 2 other important positions left to the whim of an uninformed & disinterested electorate.. Coroner & Probate Judge. 1 needs no medical training & the other no legal. No one has ever answered for me why these county level positions are in partisan elections? What does a (R) sheriff stand for...No to Abortion & Yes on a balanced budget & prayer in school for good measure.

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High school students skip school to rob bank with mom

Police in Lilburn said Tawander Simmons, 35, of Stone Mountain, pointed a handgun at a teller at the Wells Fargo Bank in the 5500 block of Lawrenceville Highway Friday morning. She was accompanied by two of the teens, while a third waited outside in the getaway car, said Deputy Chief of Police Bruce Hedley.

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Major Mike, I don't know what the problem is with you and Mbest

But you're the first one I've heard on this site (not counting the occasionally flake that comes on here) to insinuate that Randall Johnson was not a good Sheriff. I've heard for decades he was an icon among Sheriff's in Georgia.

What is your background which causes you to call yourself "Major" Mike? Law enforcement or military?

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lifeinptc -problem w/ mbest

Don't know what the problem was either. mbest simply attacks out of the blue. It immediately followed a post where I agreed with carbonunit about LE calling off the chase.

Randal Johnson was for many, many years an outstanding Sheriff's in Georgia and the County owes him much. But.. during his last eight or nine years in office he had basically turned everyday management over to Bruce Jordan. Everything was in pretty bad shape by the time Sheriff Hannah was elected. For the record, I believe that Hannah has done a great job so far.

Even when Randall Johnson finally canned Jordan it was again a big sham. If you are interested in the details past that, buy me a cup of coffee sometime.

MajorMike is an insider nickname I've had for decades. I would have been O3 had I taken the Corps offer and reinlisted when I was in graduate school (1975). You can probably figue out whay I did not go back.

Happy Friday

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Enough already

Looking for a career? Stay away from public service in Fayette County.

I served Fayette County for 27 years in the Sheriff’s Dept. I left 4 years ago. I voluntarily retired in 2006 because it was apparent it was time. All these years later I’ve learned I'm still being beaten down in this paper.

The longer you serve here, the longer the line will be of citizens wishing to despise and discredit your work. I don’t think that applies only to me. I’ve seen it happen with many who held public positions here.

This week I heard I was still being beaten up on these blogs. I logged on to find bloggers named Major Mike, Nuke 1 and Chris P. Bacon; still kicking me long after I am down and gone. How many more pounds of my flesh do you want?

I spent the 1980’s, 90’s and half-way through 2000 going to Atlanta, Fulton and Clayton County kicking doors tracking down home invasion robbers, homicide suspects and thugs who prayed on Fayette County; bringing them back to our tough justice system. I was proud then of what I was doing. I was also proud of the Sheriff and the department I was with. I still am.

I’m not proud of what my children and their children now read about our work back then and what we accomplished; the atmosphere of a safe community which drew people here who wanted to live in a safe environment. That work is now vilified and scorned.

Major Mike, Chris Bacon, Nuke 1; If you could have done it better, I wish I had known you then. We could’ve used the help. It was never easy and I knew at the time it would never be perfect. It was always, however, the best we could give.

There are far more people here with better plans after the fact, than there were during the tragedies with which we were confronted.

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Heat/Kitchen/ Compensation

Don't really have much to say about this old history but I would guess karma would come into play. I believe you were the only Colonel in any GA sheriff's dept. I would guess that you were compensated for the increase in rank.

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Bruce Jordan - Enough history?

As it is with most things, history is a mixed bag and often unkind. If you feel that you are now being beaten up when different people contradict the “rose colored glasses view” that others would foist upon an unsuspecting public, then so be it. If you will pay attention to what’s actually written rather than look for negative references to your own name, you will find that I (and others) lay most of the blame for that unfortunate time, at the feet of Randall Johnson. When push came to shove, Johnson resolved a highly political situation with a lie. In that respect you were as much a victim as anyone. I’m glad that you are still proud of your association with him.

I will agree that you did a great deal of outstanding work in your many years with FCSO but as it’s been written; “the evil men do lives after them while the good is oft interred with their bones”. I have often said that you were one of the most talented investigators in the Southeast. Is that still true? You tell me. I for one would not be opposed to you returning to the FCSO in a strictly investigatory capacity. Sadly, a whole bunch of attitudes, yours included, would have to change before that could happen.

In the meantime I wish you well in your current endeavors.

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Howdy Bruce!
Bruce Jordan wrote:

This week I heard I was still being beaten up on these blogs. I logged on to find bloggers named Major Mike, Nuke 1 and Chris P. Bacon; still kicking me long after I am down and gone. How many more pounds of my flesh do you want?

Hello Bruce! This week I heard that you were callin' me out on these blogs.

Would you kindly point out exactly where you feel I was impugnin' your honor and all that?

You see, to the best of my recollection, I don't ever recall discussing you or your alleged shortcomings before.

I look forward to your response.

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Not vilifying you, Bruce

When I said "no need to dig that back up" in reference to you, it means I don't really care to see your name drug through the mud here again since a lot of people really ripped into you before, and that horse had been beaten to death.

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Mr. Jordan

I just wanted to say that I enjoyed your book "Death Unexpected : The Violent Deaths of Fayette". Unfortunately, I have not had time to read your other book but intend to do so.

I wouldn't take the views expressed on this board about our police and sheriff departments too seriously. Most of the views by those you mention are half baked and not well thought out.

There are many out here that not only appreciate your service on our behalf but remain grateful that we have people that continue to serve in face of public criticism.

It is those that haven't served in stressful and dangerous situations that are the first to criticize. They simply have no idea. No matter what is written on these pages, I am certain that your children remain proud of you as do many on this board.

Thank you for your service.

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The Sheriff's Department was never in bad shape during Johnson's

time in office. And you're wrong about Jordan. You're also wrong about Hannah. If you never held the rank you should not use it.

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Kentucky Colonels?

There must be thousands of them!

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mbest

In the immortal words of Dalton (Patrick Swayze) in the movie “roadhouse” - Opinions Vary.

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Exactly right, Major Mike

Major Mike hit the nail on the head and drove that sucker straight in.

Randall Johnson, by most accounts, did an admirable job as Sheriff during the 1980s and 1990s...even into the 2000s. His last two terms, however, he seemed to be little more than a figurehead. He seemed to lose interest in the day-to-day management of his department, and his senior deputies took full advantage of this. Johnson could've gone out on top around 2004 with a sterling legacy intact, instead he insisted on playing out the string (not unlike an aging Willie Mays in the early 1970s). People basically had a collective sigh of relief when he finally turned in his spurs.

I suspect as time passes, people will tend to forget the last 8 or so years of Johnson's tenure, and remember him for what he did, not how it ended.

Maybe it's just human nature to want to stay on past your "sell-by date", John DeCotis as school superintendent was in the same situation, with similar results.

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uh yeah
Chris P. Bacon wrote:

Maybe it's just human nature to want to stay on past your "sell-by date"

favre much?

the name decotis is practically taboo in my family. he gave my brother a vicious paddling back in the day; i still don't think my mama has forgiven him.

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Pretty much agree with Major Mike

Johnson's last two terms were not good and he didn't leave the FCSO in good shape at all. They were embarrassingly behind on technology and "modern era" law enforcement tools. That isn't to say that he didn't do a very stellar job in all those years before, but it was past time for a new Sheriff. Not quite loving the Hannah era as much as MM, but he's definitely moving in the right direction.

Bruce Jerrrrdan? No need to dig that back up.

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Major Mike I'm so sick of your know it all BS!

What is your background. How is it you've been there, done that, know that about every thing here? Major over who?

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mbest - what is your problem.

I don't know what your problem is but you seem to be stuck in the past. I held my comments after you praised Randall Johnson for things that he fell woefully short in his last eight plus years in office and I've held my comments concerning some of your other brain dead comments. For what ever reason you appear to want to start a p****** contest. Whatever.

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Randall the Magnificent ???

Ha...What a joke...I agree with Major Mike. Consider one thing---- Randall campaigned his ass off to get Smith and Maxwell in over Dunn and Wells. Why? Because they were hot on his heels over how he handled (or mishandled) county drug money. Then four years later when Smith and Maxwell were in deep trouble getting re-elected, where was Randall ? No where to be seen or found...Ha...The Emperor wears no clothes.

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County drug money

I was thinking about "county drug money" yesterday reading about the PTC police officer who discontinued a high speed chase due to safety concerns.

I recalled two or three situations last year where the FCSO threw caution to the wind and potentially endangered a number of innocent bystanders when botched drug deals (with dealers lured here from Gwinnett county) turned into high speed bumper-car chases.

I got to wondering what was different about these two situations? One possible answer:

  • PTC police had no direct financial stake in apprehending the burglars.
  • FCSO, on the other hand, had a direct financial stake in drug money confiscation from nabbing dealers.

I hope I'm wrong.

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Randall strongly endorsed Smith for re-election

I don't see how you missed that. It didn't matter because Smith did such a poor job in office that someone like Steve Brown could whump him and I'm not so sure if the "Randall Endorsement" these days carries any of the same weight as in the past.

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I'll tell ya!

I swear, I just don’t get I guess. When the cops pursue the culprits and someone or something gets killed or destroyed all I hear is, wow, man, they should have backed off instead of risking innocent lives. Now, they back off and all you can say is they should have kept going at all costs?! Just a big bunch of armchair quarterbacks I’d say! Heck, none of you were there but you can sure call the shots. What a pitiful bunch. Some of you are even naïve enough to think they couldn’t have possible come from Fayette County. Wake up sleepy heads.

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Prediction

They will be arrested

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Within the week..

I agree....they are going down.

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Ever get the armory robbery? Did they go down?

It is not necessary for the PD to get them all, that is unreasonable, but all this darn bragging about nothin is stupid. Like Hawk 1, and Sheriff Johnson.

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I agree PTC O

I would imagine that the high speed chase was called off because enough information was obtained to continue the investigation in other ways. No amount of stuff is worth having an innocent person get hurt over. I heard of a gang in Atlanta that specializes in the smash and grab technique. I just wonder what gave them the idea to rob PeachMac of all places.

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Of course, of course.......that's it.

It is such a dangerous job, too....
Lets face it it was 2:30 AM---Nobody available to fly Hawk 1.

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Carbonunit - information

Indeed, those dashboard cams are good LE tools. Peachmac was a target because they had something that was resalable. The LEOs did the right thing by calling off the chase.

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Between the cart path problems, the string of robberies

...the burglaries... and the rental property explosion:

Stick a fork in it. Peachtree City is done.

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Yep, no crime

ANYWHERE else in the State. It's all here. LMAO at comments like yours.

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johnny is correct

Our beloved skipster police chief has stated we do more traffic stops to prevent crime. However if you commit a crime we will not stop you. Way to go skip.

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You are so right, justacitizen

"Our beloved skipster police chief has stated we do more traffic stops to prevent crime."

Yeah, aint it ironic that last year the Council was saying that Ticket
revenues were down and now Skippy has them doing more traffic stops to
prevent crime!
B.S. Its plain and simple, Revenue Enhancement!!!!!

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Before you judge PTCPD

Try reading and maybe you will understand why the chase was called off...,
http://www.consultwebs.com/pr102-cuthbert-petersburg-police-sued.htm

 

http://www.souzainjurylaw.com/Personal-Injury/Car-Accidents-Caused-by-Em...

 

http://abcnews.go.com/Primetime/fatal-high-speed-police-chase-brings-sta...

 

http://www.officer.com/web/online/Top-News-Stories/Pittsburgh-Sued-Over-Fatal-Police-Chase/1$39797

 

http://www.eastvalleytribune.com/local/article_62e0edfc-8561-11df-bbcf-0...

Of course when if it was your family that was injured you would probably be first in line with your hand out for a payout..
Remember "to serve and PROTECT"

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agreed

too bad citizens have sued us out of common sense, although in this circumstance, i trust the officers' judgement. if a child would've been killed by these yahoos, everyone would be on here crying foul. and, yes, even at 2:30 children and law-abiding citizens can be found in vehicles. i've been toting my kids home from the emergency room once or twice that time of night. it was a robbery, not an abduction or other violent crime, so let's not add a body count where there needn't be one. unless the body count comprises the perps, that is, but the vehicle descriptions lead me to believe they didn't get close enough for that.

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They would never have let him get away in Randall Johnson's day

Even at 2:30 am the best Sheriff we ever had would have been listening and given the order to shoot them down if they were driving that wreckless.

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Ten to one

10-1 odds the vehicles had either a Clayton or Fulton county liscense plates. either that or they were stolen.

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grizz

You are right I'm sure.

Problem is if you lay with dogs you get fleas (even when they aren't your dogs) and Fayette County and Peachtree City is now crawling with these dogs.

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Home of the smash and grab?

"An officer on patrol in the area initially gave chase to at least one of the two vehicles that was seen leaving the shopping center, but the pursuit was terminated because the suspect was driving recklessly at a high speed with “complete disregard for the safety of others,” police said."

I hope we're not sending the message that if you drive away recklessly enough, you will get away. Also, I'm not sure how to interpret the number of cars the officer chased. "At least one of the two"? Okay, so what is the most he chased? Is there really need for an ambiguous range when the choices are one or both? Couldn't we simply report that he chased one?

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Let them go at 2:30 AM? with all that traffic

Gosh must have not been the easy money from a speed trap way to go PTCPD we are so proud of you.

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jacitizen

Hawk 1/0 still!

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Should of just shot them

To bad Fayette county or Fayetteville couldnt have been waiting on 54 and just had a good target practice on the perps as they came by. A missed opportunity.

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