A Marietta man was arrested and charged in the burglary of a Cherokee County convenience store last Thursday after he ran from deputies outside another store.
According to Cherokee Sheriff’s Office reports:
Lionel Eugene Mickens of Marietta was booked into the Cherokee County jail on charges of commercial burglar, possession of tools for commission of a crime, forgery, prowling and violation of parole.
At about 1:15 a.m. deputies responded to a report of a burglar alarm going off at the business, which is located on Mill Street. When they arrived they discovered the glass front door had been shattered and there was a large rock lying on the floor inside the store.
There was merchandise on the floor and the cash register was hanging off the counter, held in place by cords attached to it. The cash drawer had been removed and taken.
The store owner showed deputies security camera footage that showed the crime, the suspect and a vehicle that he drove up in.
As deputies were at the store, another deputy responded to a call of a suspicious vehicle at a similar business off Bells Ferry Road.
At that scene, deputies discovered a car that matched the description of the one caught on camera at the burglary scene. After searching around the building, deputies heard the sound of branches cracking in the woods near the store.
A deputy later encountered Mickens on foot in a nearby neighborhood. Inside his car they discovered a pry bar, mask and counterfeit money.
He was arrested and taken to jail.