GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. - Investigators want to identify two men who stole an SUV from a local gas station and later set it on fire in a residential neighborhood.
According to Gwinnett County Fire Capt. Tommy Rutledge, a man left his 2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee running when he went into the QuikTrip on Beaver Ruin Road in Norcross at around 6:45 a.m. April 6.
Two men who were waiting outside the convenience store watched the man go inside and then jumped into the car and took off. The man reported his Jeep stolen when he came back outside to discover it was gone.
Investigators recovered the SUV just a couple of hours later when a neighbor called 911 to report suspicious activity near the intersection of Walnut Grove Way and Taylor Road in Suwanee.
"The witness says that [two men] were walking around the vehicle, that they were trying to stick something in the tailpipe of the vehicle and light it on fire," said Capt. Rutledge.
Police officers were able to extinguish the flames before firefighters arrived. Both the Norcross Police Department and the Gwinnett Fire Investigations Section are working the case.
Investigators released surveillance images of the two men, who were captured inside the QuikTrip before the crime. They ask anyone who recognizes the men to contact authorities.
Georgia Arson Control, Inc. has offered and up to $10,000 reward for information that lead to the arrest and conviction of the suspects in this case.