Authorities suspect that a notorious Atlanta gang is behind a brazen crime at a Locust Grove store. Surveillance video shows several men stealing thousands of dollars' worth of merchandise after backing a truck into a store.
Police said that the smash-and-grab at the Polo store at the Tanger Outlets was the work of the Atlanta gang 30 Deep.
Authorities say the men stole $30,000 worth of merchandise and caused $90,000 of damage to the building in the December break-in, which lasted less than one minute.
Locust Grove Detective David Donehoo says five men have been arrested; four others are in other jails. He says five more suspects remain on the loose.
The Atlanta Police Department said that the gang formed nearly a decade ago. Donehoo believes they came southward because of pressure from police in Atlanta.
"They will move out of the central Atlanta area figuring that they're going to have a leg up due to the, maybe you could say, a less police presence," Donehoo said.
The detective says this appears to be an isolated incident in this usually tranquil town of Locust Grove and he says he wants to keep it that way.
"We have to be vigilant. The officers have to patrol at night and cover their areas, and hopefully, we won't have too much of this," Donehoo said.
The manager at the Polo store said they working with police in the investigation.