GBI: 5 arrested in connection to gang-related 2018 burglary

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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.

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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.