TYRONE, Ga. - A small town of more than 7,000 people has been terrorized by a string of robberies, which Tyrone Police said are the work of two serial robbery crews.
Police said the four robberies have occurred since November 26, targeting various stores and workers around the town. Tyrone sits 25 miles south of Atlanta.
Many residents have been on edge, concerned about a crime wave they've never seen in their area, before.
"I've lived in Tyrone about 20 years. We've never had anything like this go on," said Kyle May, who works at Mimmo's Pizza. The pizza place is right next door to the Shell gas station, which police said was targeted by robbers on Nov. 27; the same robber also hit up O'Reilly's auto parts store on Dec. 4.
The other two robberies occurred on Nov. 26 and 29 at the Dollar General, which police said were committed by a separate crew with Michael Taylor and David White as the identified suspects. White is still at large, police said.
Police said the two robbery crews have committed similar crimes in different areas across the Metro, in areas from Cobb County, Douglas County and Villa Rica, and said criminals are simply looking for new places to target.
"Before... we felt a little safer," said one gas station customer.
Police advise local businesses to make sure their security cameras and alarms are operating, and for customers to be alert when walking in and out of local businesses.