Armed Robbers Apprehended Near Cumming

Armed Robbers Apprehended Near Cumming

In the early hours of the morning of Wednesday, March 30, Forsyth County deputies arrested two teens for the armed robbery of a gas station near Cumming, Georgia.

The perpetrators have been identified as Stephan Burnette, 17, and Troy Palmer, 18. Stephan Burnette is the son of Roswell Fire Chief Rick Burnette. Both are males from the city of Roswell.

The robbery took place the night of Tuesday, March 29 at a Chevron station on Buford Dam Road. Burnette entered the gas station at around 9 p.m., wearing a black bandana and brandishing a revolver, according to the store clerk. Burnette then hopped into a vehicle driven by Palmer, and the two escaped with an unknown amount of cash taken from the register.

The two had committed similar robberies in Cobb and Gwinnett counties that same night.

At around 2 a.m., a Forsyth County sheriff’s deputy spotted a black sports utility vehicle that matched the description of the car the pair had used to flee the Chevron station. Several deputies conducted a felony traffic stop and searched the car, finding a handgun and approximately $1,000 in cash.

According to a Facebook post by the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office, Burnette and Palmer were both taken into custody. They were taken to the South Precinct, where they confessed to the crime.

In addition to the armed robbery, Burnette is charged with possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony.

A spokesman for the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office said drugs and alcohol are not thought to have been a factor in this crime.

The two are currently being held at the Forsyth County Jail without bond.

Forsyth County deputies were well prepared for handling this crime; according to its Facebook page, the agency had undergone training on conducting felony traffic stops at night the week before.

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