A Stone Mountain 17-year-old and a juvenile were arrested after leading Conyers police on a chase in a stolen vehicle on the night before Thanksgiving. The car also reportedly matches the description of the getaway vehicle in an armed robbery earlier that day.
Karim Palmer, 17 was charged with felony theft by receiving stolen property, loitering and prowling, obstruction of law enforcement officers. He was booked into the Rockdale County jail. The other person put under arrest was a male juvenile. Another person in the car escaped on foot.
On Wednesday, Nov. 24, around 7:30 p.m. the El Taqueria restaurant on Ga. Highway 138, behind the Taco Bell, was held up at gunpoint by two black males with a handgun who left in what appeared to be a blue Chevy Cavelier. No one was reportedly injured in the incident, although three customers were in the store at the time.
Later that night around midnight, Conyers police received a call about a suspicious blue vehicle behind the Mellow Mushroom restaurant on Ga. Highway 138.
When an officer ran the tag, it was reported as a vehicle stolen out of DeKalb County, and it was learned that the vehicle was stolen in an armed robbery.
The driver of the blue car did not stop and got onto Interstate 20 heading west. Officers chased the car as it exited onto Panola Road and crashed at the intersection of Panola Road and Redan Road.
Two of the car's occupants were arrested and the third fled on foot. Nobody was reportedly injured in the crash.
Detectives are investigating the cases and looking into whether the incidents are related, said Conyers Police Department spokesperson Capt. Scott Freeman.