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9 suspects in Hall named in smash-and-grab burglaries
More than 300 warrants issued statewide for string of crimes over 2 years
Smashed ATMs and safes were left behind by members of a smash-and-grab burglary ring that struck businesses across several Georgia counties over the last two years, authorities said. More than 300 arrest warrants have been issued, and nine suspects charged in Hall County. - photo by For The Times

A series of smash-and-grab burglaries across the state since 2015 have led to more than 300 arrest warrants. Almost half of the suspects identified were charged in Hall County.

“The targets of this criminal gang known to investigators as ‘ABM,’ All About Money, included gas stations and mom-and-pop grocery stores,” Hall County Sheriff’s Office Lt. Scott Ware wrote in a news release. “The primary items which were stolen during the burglaries were safes, ATM machines and cigarettes.”

A task force with investigators from Hall, Athens-Clarke, Floyd and Gwinnett counties discovered multiple street gangs “believed to be responsible for 153 commercial store burglaries,” Ware said.

Law enforcement from 53 other jurisdictions aided the investigation.

Investigators estimated at least one store was burglarized every two days for the past 12 to 18 months.

“These gangs have been attributed to an estimated $1.35 million in total confirmed loss and property damage, throughout the state of Georgia since 2015,” Ware said.

The task force identified 20 suspects, and nine of them were charged in Hall County.

They were identified were Gary Stephens Jr., 29, of Atlanta; Artis Eugene Murphy, 29, of Austell; Mario Pass, 29, of Atlanta; JePaul James Adams, 34, of Atlanta; Quinton Mario Tucker, 31, of Atlanta; Travis Tucker, 26, of Ellenwood; Danthony Brown, 27, of Atlanta; Henrico Tremayne Haynes, 25, of Atlanta; and Larry Johnson, 28, of Atlanta.

Investigators said eight stores in Hall County were burglarized, and more than 300 arrest warrants have been obtained in the statewide investigation.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Hall County investigator at 770-531-6879.