KENNESAW, Ga. (FOX 5 Atlanta) - Law enforcement officials say they've arrested five suspected gang members in connection with a 2018 robbery.
Officials say the investigation began on Oct. 1, 2018 when Kennesaw police officers saw a burglary in progress at a Texaco gas station on the 3800 block of Moon Station Road.
The five mask suspects in that crime fled the scene in a stolen black Dodge Charger, hitting one of the officers during the escape. The car was found a short time later with a cash box, a gun, mask, gloves, bolt cutters, and two crowbars.
Police believed the incident was similar to other incidents in the metro Atlanta area beginning in April of 2018.
On Aug. 19, officials arrested 21-year-old Antwon Mark Palmer. Four days later, officials say a joint investigation led to the arrest of 19-year-old Michael Ulysses Morgan and 21-year-old Jamarcus Purnell. Police have also arrested and charged Vernard O’Neal and Montarius Daniels.
In the investigation, officials determined the five suspects are allegedly involved in a gang known as 30 Deep, which is known for its "smash and grabs."
The five men have been charged with violation of Georgia Street Gang Terrorism and Prevention Act, second-degree burglary, possession of burglary tools, theft by taking, theft by receiving a stolen vehicle, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, reckless driving, and felony fleeing and attempting to elude.