October 25, 2020

Authorities make arrests in string of convenience store burglaries

(Franklin, GA) — During the early morning hours of Thursday, July 28, 2016, deputies responded to an alarm at Luv’s Country Corner near the Tyus community in Carroll County.

According to a press release issued by the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office, deputies from both Carroll and Heard Counties were in the area conducting a concentrated patrol due to a rash of recent store burglaries.

When deputies arrived on the scene they were able to confirm that a burglary had occurred. The suspect(s) allegedly pried open the front door, and then entered the store where they ransacked and pried open an office door.

Andrea Trinton Wynn

Andrea Trinton Wynn

A review of the surveillance video depicted a white van pull up and a black male exit the vehicle and pry the door open and then enter the store.

After a lookout had been placed, a Franklin Police Department officer Glenn Towler spotted the vehicle at a convenience store in Franklin.

After confirming the description of the vehicle and occupants, he followed the van into Coweta County until back up officers could arrive.

Soon after crossing into Coweta County, officers from several agencies were able to take the occupants into custody without incident.

During the ongoing investigation, Carroll County Investigator Greg Holcomb was working in conjunction with Heard County and Alabama authorities compiling photos and videos of the ongoing burglary ring taking place is several jurisdictions over the past few months.

In most all of these recent burglaries, the same white van would pull up and the passenger would then enter the store.

The joint effort between agencies is what lead officers to develop suspect and vehicle descriptions, and had them in the area near the time of the burglary.

Phylicia Chante Smalls

Phylicia Chante Smalls

Arrested were Phylicia Chante Smalls, age 26 of Dallas, GA and Andrea Trinton Wynn, age 49, of Atlanta, GA.

Both have been charged with Burglary 2nd Degree and remain in the Carroll County Jail pending additional charges locally and from surrounding agencies. Both also have parole holds.

The pair have been identified as the alleged suspects involved in commercial burglaries in four West Georgia jurisdictions (Carroll, Heard, Coweta, and Buchanan) as well as three Alabama jurisdictions (Randolph, Opelika, and Calhoun).

Investigators believe these are the same suspects that broke into Five Points Grocery near Franklin in April of this year and R & R One Stop in the Ephesus community in June of this year.

Stay tuned to HeardCitizen.com for further information as it becomes available.

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