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Oakwood man accused of five masked robberies indicted in federal court
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Ricky Eugene Reid

An Oakwood man was accused in a federal indictment of committing five armed robberies along the Interstate 85/985 corridor over a nine-month period, according to court documents.

Ricky Eugene Reid, 33, was charged in a 12-count federal indictment June 25.

According to an affidavit filed by a Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives agent, four of the five robberies happened at Ross Dress for Less stores.

“A fifth robbery was committed on a Domino’s Pizza in daylight hours where video surveillance (shows) the suspect with similar physique, clothing, masks and firearm as the four Ross Store robberies. Therefore, investigators believe, and evidence in the investigation supports the belief, that the same individual is responsible for each of the offenses cited as follows,” according to the affidavit.

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A woman on Monday, Aug. 27, 2018, walks past a boarded door into Ross Dress for Less at 849 Dawsonville Highway in Gainesville. On Sunday night, a man with his face concealed shot the glass at the store. - photo by Scott Rogers

Agents were informed by a source that Reid “formerly worked at Ross stores in loss prevention,” according to the affidavit.

The first armed robbery alleged was just before midnight Aug. 26 at the Gainesville Ross store on Dawsonville Highway. According to the affidavit, the suspect wore a full-faced white mask, all-black clothing and gloves before shooting through the glass front door.

“After entering, the suspect proceeded directly to the cash registers, stole approximately $6,608.08 of business funds and then exited via the same manner he/she entered,” according to the affidavit.

Three 9 mm casings were found at the scene.

A similar robbery occurred just before midnight Oct. 27 at a Johns Creek Ross store, where the suspect grabbed $5,313.45, according to the affidavit. That time, the suspect was described as wearing a “masquerade-style costume mask,” according to the court documents.

The first robbery not at a Ross store mentioned in the affidavit happened Feb. 5 at the Mundy Mill Road Domino’s in Oakwood, where the suspect concealed his identity with the masquerade-style mask.

“The employee complied by opening the cash register. The suspect then grabbed money from the register stealing approximately $31 of business funds and placed it in his bag before fleeing the scene via the same direction he entered,” according to the affidavit.

Another robbery happened later that week on Feb. 9 at a Lawrenceville Ross store, with the suspect leaving with $2,777.90. The final robbery described was May 4 at the Dunwoody Ross store and involved $1,612 in stolen cash.

“During all of the robberies, the suspect is armed with a black handgun in his left hand, had similar appearance/physique, moved with a similar (gait) and wore similar if not identical black pants, black sweatshirt, black footwear, gloves and concealed his identity with a mask,” according to the affidavit.

The affidavit noted that the suspect dropped the masquerade-style mask at the Feb. 9 robbery. The mask is being tested for DNA at the ATF crime lab. The agent also swore that the same gun fired the casings found at the Gainesville, Johns Creek and Dunwoody robberies.

Authorities tracked the vehicle believed to have left these scenes to a woman in Oakwood, who is reportedly married to Reid, according to court documents.

According to the affidavit, Reid also allegedly pawned “a different 9 mm caliber handgun” on Sept. 13, Nov. 28, Dec. 18 and Jan. 5.

Authorities surveilled Reid at his residence and workplace and submitted a “reverse location search warrant” to Google regarding wireless devices used at the robbery locations.

According to the affidavit, the agent homed in on one device ID that was reportedly present at three robbery scenes.

Agents surveilling Reid June 8 saw he drove from Oakwood to an Atlanta Ross store and then drove to another store in Buford. He was detained after a traffic stop.

Reid’s attorney Rebecca Shepard did not return a request for comment.

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